Electing 2 or more councillors

The form the ballot paper takes will depend on whether candidates are running as individuals or in groups. In either case, you must show enough choices to equal half the number of councillors to be elected.

Voting for individual candidates (no group voting squares)

If there are 2 councillors to be elected, you only need to put a number ‘1’. It is up to you if you want to show more choices.

If there are 6 councillors to be elected, you must number 3 squares - put a number ‘1’, then a number ‘2’, then a number ‘3’. You can show more choices after that, if you want.

If there are 15 councillors to be elected, you must number 8 squares, from 1 to 8, for your vote to be counted. You can show more choices after that, if you want.

Sample ballot paper – individual candidates

Councillor Ballot Paper

Grouped candidates

If candidates have formed groups, and 2 or more groups have requested group voting squares, the ballot paper will have a thick line running across it, with squares above the line and below the line. The squares above the line represent the group of candidates listed below the line.

There are 2 ways you can fill this ballot paper in. You can vote for a group by filling in squares above the line, knowns as voting above the line, or you can vote for individual candidates by filling in squares below the line.

Above the line voting

If you choose to vote above the line, you must put a number ‘1’ in one of the squares above the line. By doing this you are voting for that whole group of candidates in the descending order they are listed below that square. That is all you have to do.

But if you want, you can show your second choice of group and more choices if you want, by putting a number ‘2’, then ‘3’ and so on in the squares above the line.

If you vote this way, you do not put numbers in any squares below the line.

Below the line voting

If you do not want to vote for a whole group but for individual candidates in any order, you may choose to vote below the line.

To vote, you must put a number ‘1’ in one of the squares below the line and then put choices, starting with the number ‘2’, equal to half the number of councillors to be elected. The directions on the ballot paper will tell you how many choices you must show. (For example, if there are 8 councillors to be elected, you must put the number 1, then 2, then 3 and then 4 in squares below the line, for your vote to be counted.)

You can then show more choices, after that, if you want.

If you vote this way, you do not put any numbers in any squares above the line.

Sample ballot paper – grouped candidates

Ballot paper with Group Voting squares