How to complete your ballot papers


When voting at the State Election you will be given two ballot papers: a green paper for the House of Assembly and a white paper for the Legislative Council.

Take your ballot papers to a voting screen and mark your choices on them with the pencil provided.

Follow the instructions below to make your vote count.

House of Assembly Ballot Paper

On the green ballot paper number, you need to number every square in the order of your choice.

  • Write the number 1 in the square next to the candidate who is your first choice
  • Write the number 2 next to your second choice
  • Continue by placing the numbers 3, 4, 5 and so on until you have a number in EVERY square. 
2018 HC

If you need assistance or make a mistake please see an electoral officer.

Why not have a try with our:

Online House of Assembly Practice Ballot Paper

Legislative Council Ballot Paper

Download a printable version 2018 Sample Legislative Councillor Ballot Paper (PDF 4.2 MB)

Click the ballot paper below to get full view

2018 Sample LC Ballot Paper

The white ballot paper is for the Legislative Council.
On the white ballot paper number, there are two ways you can vote. You can vote either above the red line or below the line – but not both.


Vote above the red line:

If you choose to vote above the red line:

  • Write the number ‘1’ in the square next to the party or group of candidates which is your first choice.
  • If you want to, you can write the number 2 next to your second choice, and so on for as many parties or groups of candidates as you like. You do not need to number every square.
  • Leave the rest of the ballot paper blank. Do not mark below the red line.  

By voting above the red line, your vote will only go to the candidates within the group (or groups) you vote for.

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To vote BELOW the line:

If you choose to vote below the red line:

  • Write the number ‘1’ in the square next to the candidate who is your first choice below the red line.
  • Then continue by writing the numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and so on in the squares next to the other candidates to show the order in which you prefer them, until you have chosen at least 12 candidates. 
  • You may choose to continue numbering more than 12 candidates, but the minimum number of squares you need to mark is TWELVE if you choose to vote below the line.  

By voting below the red line you decide the order of your preferences for individual candidates.

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Don't worry if you make a mistake. Put a line through the mistake and write the correct information alongside it.  Or, ask an electoral officer for a replacement ballot paper.

Why not have a try with our:

Online Legislative Council Practice Ballot Paper

For more information, download:

Easy Read Guide on voting at state elections (PDF 2.93 MB)

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