Will your vote be counted?

Will your vote be counted?

Every election, hundreds of thousands of people's votes aren't counted. In some areas, there are so many incorrectly filled ballot papers that it dramatically shifts the results – meaning the MP who's elected isn't who locals really wanted.

It's so important for working people that we change the government – for a living wage, a safe climate, penalty rates, and fully funded schools and hospitals. Your vote is too important to lose!

To make sure your vote is counted this election, follow the instructions from the Australian Electoral Commission below – or head here to practice voting! 

Voting in the House of Representatives:

To make a formal vote on a House of Representatives ballot paper, a voter needs to number every box with a series of consecutive numbers according to their preference. A voter needs to:

  • write the number '1' in the box beside the candidate who is their first choice,
  • write the number '2' in the box beside the candidate who is their second choice,
  • write the number '3' in the box beside the candidate who is their third choice, and so on until they have numbered every box.

Common reasons a House of Representatives ballot paper isn't counted include:

  • it is blank or unmarked
  • ticks or crosses have been used
  • it has writing on it which identifies the voter
  • a number is repeated
  • the voter's intention is not clear

Further instructions on how to vote in the Senate are available at the Australian Electoral Commission website.