Preferential Voting in Single Member Electorates - Commonwealth
|Parliament which uses Preferential Voting||House of Representatives (Lower House)|
|Name of Preferential Voting system||Full preferential|
|Directions on the Ballot Paper||(2007 Federal election)
Number the boxes from "1" to "N" (where N equals the number of candidates) in the order of your choice.
Remember… number every box to make your vote count.
Additional instructions are contained on postal ballot papers "Fold the ballot paper, place it in the envelope addressed to the Divisional Returning officer and fasten the envelope."
|Casual Vacancies||By-elections are held to fill vacancies in the House of Representatives resulting from death, resignation, absence without leave, expulsion, disqualification or ineligibility of a Member.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives has the power to issue a writ for the election of a new Member. There is no prescribed time period for the issuing of writs following a vacancy but it is not customary to hold a by-election if a general election is pending.
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