Legislative Assembly

The New South Wales Legislative Assembly consists of 93 Members of Parliament, who each represent an electoral district. Each electoral district has its own unique ballot paper.

The method of voting for the Legislative Assembly is known as optional preferential.

The names of each candidate for that District and their political party affiliation are shown on the ballot paper. The order in which the candidates appear on the ballot paper is determined by a draw conducted by the Returning Officer for each electoral district.

To vote, you must put a number '1' in the square next to the candidate who is your first choice, that is, the person who you want to be elected.  If you want, you can put a number '2' in the square next to your second choice, and a number '3' in the square next to your third choice and so on.

These preferences can play an important part in the election of a candidate to Parliament as is explained in the section on counting the votes for the Legislative Assembly.

A sample ballot paper for the Legislative Assembly is shown below.

Legislative Assembly Blank Ballot Paper