New Senate Voting Procedure Changes 2016 Federal Election

New Senate Voting Procedure Changes 2016 Federal Election

Polling Day Saturday 2 July 2016

Federal Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers

Make Sure Your Vote Counts In The 2016 Federal Election

Victor P Taffa

Australian voters must fill in their ballot papers correctly to ensure their vote counts in this Saturday’s federal election, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) said today.

Federal Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers said people will be asked to complete two ballot papers, for voting in the House of Representatives and in the Senate.

“Your vote is important, so please be careful when filling in each ballot paper.” Mr. Rogers said.

“Instructions are provided on the top of each ballot paper, but if you make a mistake, just ask a polling official for a replacement ballot paper and start again.”

House Of Representatives (Green Ballot Paper)

On the green House of Representatives ballot paper, voters must number every box in their order of preference, starting at ‘1’ and continuing until they have consecutively numbered all the boxes.

Senate (White Ballot Paper)

Voting for the Senate has changed at this election. Instructions on the white Senate ballot paper indicate that voters have the choice to either:

  •  Number at least six boxes above the line with a ‘1’ for the party or group of their choice, a ‘2’ for their second choice and so on, or
  • Number at least twelve boxes below the line for individual candidates in order of their choice.

“While candidate representatives outside polling places may offer you ‘how to vote’ cards, the final decision rests with you. It is a secret ballot which means no one will know how you have voted. Polling places open at 8 am on Saturday and voting will continue through to 6 pm sharp.” Mr. Rogers said.

If you can’t make it to a polling place on Saturday, early voting is still available until 6 pm Friday 1 July 2016 at early voting locations around Australia.

Voting in the 2016 federal election is compulsory for all enrolled Australians.