This page refers to arrangements during the Federal Election 2013. For NSW and Queensland preferences, please see their respective State web sites closer to their elections.
The Greens want to make sure that everyone can make a formal vote that best reflects their political wishes. The How-To-Vote cards that the Greens and the other parties will give you are guides, and you can choose whether or not to follow them.
It is you, not any political party, that determines where your vote goes.
In the Lower House (the House of Representatives), you have to number all of the candidates in order that your vote is formal. This means you direct your preferences in the order that you choose. By putting the Green candidate first, and then the other candidates in your order of preferences, you decide who your vote goes to if the Green candidate is not elected.
In the Senate, you have two options.
The first is to vote above the line, by numbering just one box above the line. When you vote above the line, your vote is allocated according to a 'group voting ticket', submitted by each party/group before the election. If you vote above the line, your preferences are allocated in the way the party/group you voted for determines.
Don’t forget you can vote for a different party in the Senate to the party you vote for in the House of Representatives.
The second option is to vote below the line, by numbering all of the candidates below the line. This means that you have complete control over your preferences.
By law, all parties must lodge a preference arrangement with the AEC. These are called Group Voting Tickets. Ours can be viewed here.
In order to lodge a group voting ticket with the AEC, which allows voters to vote “above the line” for the Greens, we have to number all of the candidates in order. Because we have to number all the candidates, we seek meetings with all the parties.
The Greens have been campaigning to change the way Senate voting works, to allow voters to number the parties in their order of preference. We have also been trying to inform people how to take control of their vote.
A: False. You decide where your vote goes. If you don’t want your vote to contribute to the Labor Party, vote 1 Green and then number every other candidate ahead of the Labor Party.
A: No. By voting 1 Green and then numbering every other candidate ahead of Coalition candidates, you can ensure your vote won’t contribute to Abbott forming Government.
A: Vote 1 for the Green candidate, then vote 2 for the Labor candidate, then number all the other candidates in the order of your preference. If there are independents or minor parties you also like, you can put them between the Green candidate and the Labor candidate. If you leave any boxes blank, your vote doesn't count.
A: Vote 1 for the Green candidate, then vote 2 for the Liberal/National coalition candidate, then number all the other candidates in the order of your preference. If there are independents or minor parties you also like, you can put them between the Green candidate and the Liberal candidate. If you leave any boxes blank, your vote doesn't count.
A: Vote 1 for the Green candidate, then number the like minded minor-party and independent candidates in the order of your choice, finally numbering your least preferred candidate last. If you leave any boxes blank, your vote doesn't count.