Originally Posted by darkace
How does our Senate voting work now. What do I have to number. Should I just number everything on both papers?
Disclaimer, this is my first election voting even though I've been eligible for years. I'm a bad poli-sci student.
You can either vote:
Above the line
In which case you MUST* number at least 6 parties in order of preference , starting at 1 for most preferred and ending at 6 for least preferred, you MAY continue numbering additional parties until your preferences are fully expressed.
Below the line
In which case you MUST* number at least 12 candidates in order of preference starting at 1 for most preferred and ending at 12 for least preferred you MAY continue numbering additional candidates until your preferences are fully expressed.
*There are vote saving provisions in place which allow you to number less candidates (1 or more above the line and at least 6 below the line) but these are technically invalid votes saved by the special provision rather tha valid votes,
AFAIK the old vote saving provision where if you fill in both, it uses the Below the Line Vote by default but if it's invalid they'll count your Above the Line vote, is still in effect too but it should see a lot less use since valid Below the Line Votes are much
ETA - On a personal note I do recommend that you do keep numbering until you run out of preferences rather than just the minimum. I might not personally agree with the Liberals or the Nationals on a lot of policy decisions but I'd still rather them than something like Rise Up Australia.