Casting a Vote
For State elections there are 2 methods of voting used.
- The method of voting for the Legislative Assembly is known as optional preferential. This means that after you have shown your first choice, it is up to you whether you show further choices.
- The method of voting for the Legislative Council is known as proportional representation. To be elected under this voting system a candidate needs to gain a quota of the formal votes.
For Local Government elections the voting system used depends on the number and/or type of vacancy to be filled. Every council is different. In some council areas, the Mayor is elected by the people, in others elected councillors elect the Mayor. The number of councillors to be elected also varies from council to council and so does the style of ballot paper.
- The optional preferential system is used for electing one councillor or the mayor (where the mayor is popularly elected).
- The proportional representation voting system is used for electing two or more councillors.
- The first past the post system is used for referendums/polls. This method means that whichever side of the debate (yes/no) gets the majority of votes, wins.