How votes are counted (Optional Preferential Method)

This animation is a general and simplified explanation of how votes are counted for an 'optional preferential' election.

While this animation was developed specifically to explain the counting process for the NSW Legislative Assembly at State Elections, it is also relevant as a general explanation of the counting process at Local Government elections where there is an election for Mayor or there is 1 councillor to be elected.

Please note that there are some complex rules and processes that are not covered here. Please refer to the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution Act 1902 for detailed information about this count.

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