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How to Vote in Federal Elections Australia 2019

January 23, 2019
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House of Representative:

In Australia a House of Representative represents an area called Electoral Division. The Electoral Division is created with the same number of voters or electorates. The electorates present in the Electoral Division elect the House of representative of that particular Electoral Division. The House of Representative elected from the Electoral Division will represent the people of that electoral division in the House of Representatives.

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How to Vote in Australia Federal Elections for House of Representatives?

  • Visit the polling place in between 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on polling day.
  • After entering to the polling place you will be directed to the ballot paper issuing official.
  • Before issuing the ballot paper the official will ask you some questions to confirm your details.
  • Mostly the questions will be related to your name, residential address etc because the official confirms your name in the electoral roll.
  • If your answers are correct then you will be issued 2 ballot papers.
  • One ballot paper is for electing the House of Representatives and the second ballot paper is for Senate elections.
  • The House of Representatives Ballot paper consists of contesting Candidates names and empty box in front of the every contestant name.
  • During the voting process you must write the preference number in front of the box present.
  • For example 3 contestants are there then in that case you have select the first candidate by indicating with number 1 and 2 for the second candidate, 3 for the third candidate.
  • You must given the preferential number order to each candidate otherwise your vote will become informal vote.
  • After choosing the candidates fold the ballot paper and drop the folded ballot paper in the House of Representatives ballot box.
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Senator:

In Australia each State has 12 Senator Positions and each Territory has 2 senate positions. The difference between the State Senate position and Territory Senate Position is the term of the senators. The Senator in State term will be for 6 years whereas the Senator term in Territories will be for 3 years. Here in the Australian Elections the electorate has chance of casting their vote to multiple senators at a time because the Australian Electoral System follows the Preferential voting system. Generally during the Federal elections the half of the senate positions in States and complete positions in Territories will become vacant so most probably in the Federal Elections we can expect 6 Senate Positions in States and 2 Senate Positions in Territories.

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How to Vote in Australia Federal Elections for Senators?

The Australian Senate Ballot Paper consists of two parts and these two parts are separated by a dark line. The boxes above the line indicate the parties or groups of the six Senate Positions. The boxes below the line indicate the individual candidates contesting for the senate positions. The electorate of Australia has two choices of voting for the Senators. The First choice is they can choose the parties or groups by numbering at least six boxes which are present above the line and the second choice is numbering at least 12 boxes present below the line.

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How to Vote a Senator in Federal Elections 2019:

  • Visit the polling place in between 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on polling day.
  • After entering to the polling place you will be directed to the ballot paper issuing official.
  • Before issuing the ballot paper the official will ask you some questions to confirm your details.
  • Mostly the questions will be related to your name, residential address etc because the official confirms your name in the electoral roll.
  • If your answers are correct then you will be issued 2 ballot papers.
  • One ballot paper is for electing the House of Representatives and the second ballot paper is for Senate elections.
  • The Senate Ballot paper consists of two parts and these two parts are separated by a dark line. The boxes above the line indicate the parties or groups.
  • If you are willing to vote a senator by Party then follow this procedure.
  • During the voting process you must write the preference number in front of the box present.
  • For example 3 Parties or Groups are there then in that case you have select the first party by indicating with number 1 and 2 for the second party, 3 for the third party.
  • You must given the preferential number order to each party otherwise your vote will become informal vote.
  • After choosing the parties fold the ballot paper and drop the folded ballot paper in the Senate ballot box.
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How to Vote a Senator in Federal Elections 2019:

  • Visit the polling place in between 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on polling day.
  • After entering to the polling place you will be directed to the ballot paper issuing official.
  • Before issuing the ballot paper the official will ask you some questions to confirm your details.
  • Mostly the questions will be related to your name, residential address etc because the official confirms your name in the electoral roll.
  • If your answers are correct then you will be issued 2 ballot papers.
  • One ballot paper is for electing the House of Representatives and the second ballot paper is for Senate elections.
  • The Senate Ballot paper consists of two parts and these two parts are separated by a dark line. The boxes below the line indicate the candidates contesting for Senator Position.
  • If you are willing to vote a senator by Candidate then you have to number at least 12 boxes in below the line.
  • During the voting process you must write the preference number in front of the box present.
  • The numbering must start with 1; you can write 1 for the first candidate and continue till 12.
  • You must given the preferential number order to each Candidate up to 12 otherwise your vote will become informal vote.
  • After choosing the candidates fold the ballot paper and drop the folded ballot paper in the Senate ballot box.
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