July 2: Vot­ers facts

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VOTES: ELECTION 2016 -

SINCE the last fed­eral elec­tion there have been changes to the Senate vot­ing sys­tem that vot­ers need to be fa­mil­iar with when Aus­tralia goes to the polls this Satur­day.

This week­end vot­ers will be re­quired to num­ber six boxes above the line for the par­ties of your choice or num­ber at least 12 boxes be­low the line for in­di­vid­ual can­di­dates.

When vot­ing above the line you will be ex­pected to place a num­ber in at least six boxes.

Place a ‘1’ in the box for your first choice, the num­ber ‘2’ in the box above the party or group that is your sec­ond choice and so on un­til you have num­bered at least six boxes.

If you choose to vote be­low the line – you can’t vote be­low and above the line – place a ‘1’ in the box be­side the can­di­date that is your first choice, and the num­bers ‘2’,‘3’, ‘4’ and so on un­til there are at least 12 boxes num­bered.

The choice of ei­ther be­low or above the line vot­ing ap­plies only to the white Senate bal­lot paper.

Vot­ers on Satur­day will also re­ceive a bal­lot paper for the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

This bal­lot will con­tain the names and the lo­gos of the can­di­dates and the par­ties they rep­re­sent that are run­ning for the seat of Daw­son.

For your vote to count ev­ery box must be num­bered from ‘1’ to ‘7’ as there are seven can­di­dates con­test­ing the seat of Daw­son.

On Satur­day the polling booths will be open from 8am to 6pm.

Check the fact box fea­tured here to find out where lo­cally you can vote.

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