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Don’t get exhausted this election, keep numbering!

By Tom Swann 19 October 2012 31

Election campaigns are exhausting, but don’t exhaust your vote. Keep numbering!

You have to number at least 1-5 or 1-7. But leaving at that means your vote might not count for the final seat.

In the ACT, the final seat usually depends on a tight race fought through preferences, chosen by the voters and not the parties. If you don’t choose further preferences and your numbers run out during allocation, your ballot paper is put aside and you wont get to have a say for that final seat.

So if you would prefer someone over someone else, make sure you give them a number. And if you really don’t want someone to win, make sure you preference the others.

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LSWCHP 6:59 pm 23 Oct 12

johnboy said :

I found it very hard to keep voting after about ten.

Stil, 10 worthwhile candidates for seven seats is no bad place to be at.

Hey JB, are you prepared to reveal how you distributed your preferences? I know this is a personal thing, so “no comment” is fine, but I’m curious as to how your insider knowledge of all things Canberran affects your decisions in the democratic process.

Innovation 12:15 pm 21 Oct 12

I think that I read somewhere in the last couple of days about a Canberra student that won a debate on the premise that you should have a license to be allowed to vote. Perhaps our system is as close as could be democratically achieved by devaluing or exhausting the votes of those who were too lazy or uninformed to keep numbering.

jayskette 10:36 pm 20 Oct 12

You are technically voting for 5 or 7 members of parliament. Therefore you would need to vote in order of preference 1 to 5 or 7. You are technically NOT voting for a party. If you only put a 1 in, It will go towards that candidate, but you will be voting for that candidate’s personal preferences for the rest of the seats, NOT YOUR OWN.

geni_lou 5:33 pm 20 Oct 12

They prefer it if you vote for the number of seats. Your vote is counted if you don’t. You can vote for one candidate & stop & your vote will count for that one candidate before it is exhausted.

thebadtouch 4:55 pm 20 Oct 12

lostinbias said :

I put down preferences up to 9 in Ginninderra, and I voted more along candidate lines than party lines. Glen Takkenberg, you were very high up on mine. My first preference was also a RiotACT user…

Not bloody Matt Watts I hope!!!!

lostinbias 3:16 pm 20 Oct 12

I put down preferences up to 9 in Ginninderra, and I voted more along candidate lines than party lines. Glen Takkenberg, you were very high up on mine. My first preference was also a RiotACT user…

Masquara 2:09 pm 20 Oct 12

pirate_taco said :

bundah said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Masquara said :

bd84 said :

There’s also no minimum number of boxes you need to number to have your vote counted (contrary to what the ballot paper says), you can put just 1 in a box and nothing else and it would be a valid vote.

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That’s not what the poll staffer told me – he definitely said I had to number 1 to 7.

You were told wrong then.

Yep when i was waiting in line to register to vote i heard two staff members say 1 to 7 in response to questions from voters!

The electoral commission advises people to vote for a minimum equal to the number of seats, but I have spoken previously with the electoral commissioner about this, and technically there is no requirement to vote more than 1 person for it to count as a valid vote, it’ll just get exhausted very quickly.

Thanks for the support shirty_bear!

Glen Takkenberg
Pirate Party ACT for Ginninderra

Damn wish I’d known. Would have stopped at four!

pirate_taco 2:00 pm 20 Oct 12

bundah said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Masquara said :

bd84 said :

There’s also no minimum number of boxes you need to number to have your vote counted (contrary to what the ballot paper says), you can put just 1 in a box and nothing else and it would be a valid vote.

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That’s not what the poll staffer told me – he definitely said I had to number 1 to 7.

You were told wrong then.

Yep when i was waiting in line to register to vote i heard two staff members say 1 to 7 in response to questions from voters!

The electoral commission advises people to vote for a minimum equal to the number of seats, but I have spoken previously with the electoral commissioner about this, and technically there is no requirement to vote more than 1 person for it to count as a valid vote, it’ll just get exhausted very quickly.

Thanks for the support shirty_bear!

Glen Takkenberg
Pirate Party ACT for Ginninderra

caf 1:53 pm 20 Oct 12

From the Elections ACT site:

You should fill in at least as many squares as there are vacancies in your electorate: 7 for Molonglo, 5 for Brindabella or Ginninderra.

If you don’t fill in this many squares (even if you vote for only one candidate) your vote will still be counted. However, to make the most of your vote, we suggest you continue to fill in the squares until all your preferences are recorded. You may fill in every square if you wish.

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