Ballot papers for NSW State elections

(Note: rules are different for the federal and local elections)

NSW Government - 2 levels 2 Ballot Papers

Lower House - Legislative Assembly - Voting for a representative of your area in the NSW parliament

Always use numbers.
  1. You must put a number '1' in the square next to the candidate who is your first choice - the candidate who you want to be elected.
  2. Then 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.
  3. It's up to you how many choices you put but you must make sure you put a number '1'

Ballot papers that do not show a number 1 or show more than one number 1 will not be counted.

Upper House Legislative Council - Voting for your representatives in the house of review

Always use numbers.

The Legislative Council ballot paper has a thick black line running across it.

There are squares above this line and squares below it.

The squares above the line represent the groups of people listed below the line.

There are two ways you can fill this ballot paper in.

You can vote for one or more groups by filling in the squares above the line

Or you can vote for the individual candidates by filling in the squares below the line

Voting above the line

If you choose to vote above the line you must put a number '1' in one of the squares above the line.

Putting a '1' in the square above the line is the same as voting for all the candidates listed below that square, in the order they are listed.

That is all you have to do.

But if you want you can show your second choice of group and more choices if you want by putting a number '2' then '3' and so on in the squares above the line.

If you vote above the line you do not have to put numbers in any squares below the line.

Voting Below the Line

If you choose to vote below the line you must put a number '1' in one of the squares below the line.

Then you must put the number '2', then the number '3', then '4' then '5' — all the way to number '15'.

You must number at least 15 squares for your vote to be counted. These numbers can be in any squares below the line.

You can, of course, put more numbers starting with 16 if you want.

If you vote below the line you do not have to put any numbers in any squares above the line.