In the NSW elections, parties don’t control the preferences; you do. So it is up to you who you preference. The Future Party (known as Group M with James Jansson as the lead candidate on the ballot) may not be elected, and hence it is important to show your preferences whether you vote above or below the line. There are essentially two ways to vote: above or below the line.
The simple vote: above the line voting
NSW Legislative Council ballot has optional above the line preferences. That means, you can preference 1 above the line, and then 2 in your second choice above the line, then 3 in your third choice above the line. You can find a list of groups in the order they appear on the ballot here. You can put as many or as few preferences above the line as you want but remember if you only put a 1 above the line your vote will expire if that group is not elected.
We suggest you write numbers, in the order of your preference, until you run out of groups you would like to see elected. The preferences flow down the groups until the preference exhausted and then moves on to your next preference. Do not put any preferences below the line if you vote above the line.
The custom vote: below the line voting
If you are willing to spend the time to preference individual candidates below the line, you must give at least 15 preferences for your vote to be considered valid. If you would like to vote for the Future Party, start with James Jansson in column M and put preferences in increasing order (1, 2, 3 etc) down the column. Find your next preferred group or candidate and give them your subsequent preferences.
Make sure that you don’t skip any numbers e.g. don’t write 1, 2, 4, 5 and skip 3. Do not put any preferences above the line if you vote below the line.
Below you can view our how to vote card. You can also see it in PDF format hereThe NSW Electoral Commission has their official online instructions on preferences here.