# 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.

- 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. - 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. - 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.