Given the advertising starting this weekend on the new rules for voting for the Senate, the Australian Electoral Commission is keeping very quiet on the fact you can still just number one box above the line and your vote is still valid and will get counted. It’s called the Savings Provision and in a nutshell “Under one of these provisions, voters can put just one number in a box above the line and their vote would still be considered formal.”
I am not remotely interested in politics, and there is simply no way I could make an informed ranked vote for six parties. On election day I will be signifying my clear intent by numbering one number above the line for the Senate. I encourage anyone who is in the same boat as me to do the same – it might make the AEC reconsider the changes for the next election.