How votes are counted (Proportional Representation Method)

This animation is a general and simplified explanation of how votes are counted in a 'proportional representation' election.

While this animation was developed specifically to explain the counting process for the NSW Legislative Council at State Elections, it is also relevant as a general explanation of the counting process at Local Government elections where there are 2 or more councillors to be elected.

Please note that there are some complex rules and processes that are not covered here. Please refer to the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution Act 1902 for detailed information about this count for NSW State Elections, or Schedule 5 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 for detailed information about this count for Local Council elections.

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