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Preferential Voting in Single Member Electorates - Northern Territory

Electoral Authority: Northern Territory Electoral Commission
Parliament which uses Preferential Voting Legislative Assembly
Name of Preferential Voting system Optional Preferential
Formality/Informality points Formal
  • MUST place a '1' or '✔' or a '✖' in the square next to the candidate of their choice,


    MAY mark further preferences by placing the number '2' in the square next to the candidate of their second choice, the number '3' next to the candidate of their third choice and so on.

    The voter does not need to give a preference to all candidates.
  • Any ballot paper with no marking on it.
  • Any ballot paper not having either the number '1' or a '✔' or a '✖' against the name of one candidate.
  • Any ballot paper with a distinguishing mark or writing that identifies the voter.
  • Any ballot paper that has a combination of two or more of the number '1' or a '✔' or a '✖'. Noting that a '1' takes precedence over a '✔' or a '✖'.
  • Any ballot paper where the voter's intention is not clear.
Directions on the Ballot Paper (2016 Legislative Assembly election)
Place the number 1 in the box next to the photograph of your first preference candidate and then place increasing whole numbers (2,3, etc.) in as many other boxes as you wish in order to indicate your order of preferences for the other candidates. You do not have to number every box to make your vote count.
Casual Vacancies A casual vacancy is filled through a by-election where the vacancy occurs less than 3 years and 6 months after the first meeting of the Assembly following the last preceding general election.

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