A how-to-vote card is prepared by a party, group or independent candidate and indicates how they want electors to record their preferences when voting. It is your choice whether you follow a how-to-vote card when you vote.

There are 2 types of how-to-vote cards:

  • A how-to-vote card lodged with the Electoral Commission of South Australia for display in polling booths and early voting centres.
  • A how-to-vote card lodged with the Electoral Commission of South Australia by a person who intends to distribute the card during the election period.

Political party and candidate workers

Political party and candidate workers may be outside polling places with 'how-to-vote' cards showing you how they would like you to vote for their candidate. You do not have to take these if you don't want to.

A person must not distribute a how-to-vote card during the election period unless it is substantially the same as a card lodged for display in polling booths or lodged with Electoral Commission of South Australia.