Preferential Voting in Single Member Electorates - Queensland

Electoral Authority: Electoral Commission Queensland
Parliament which uses Preferential Voting Legislative Assembly
Name of Preferential Voting system Full preferential
Formality/Informality points Formal

  • The voter must number all boxes in the order of their preference.
  • The voter's intention must be clear.


  • If it is blank or unmarked.
  • If ticks or crosses have been used when numbering in order of preference is required.
  • If the required number of boxes have not been marked.
  • If it has writing on it that identifies the elector.
Directions on the Ballot Paper

(2020 Queensland State General Election)

You must number every square in order of your preference.

Remember to number every box to ensure your vote counts.

Casual Vacancies

Legislative Assembly

A casual vacancy is filled through a by-election unless the vacancy arises within 3 months before the next dissolution day for the Legislative Assembly (in which case a by-election may, but need not, be conducted.

Local Government

Within 3 months or more before next quadrennial elections, the vacancy must be filled. Councillor – resolution of Council required to fill either by appointment of runner-up or conduct of a by-election. Mayor – must be filled through by-election any time before quadrennial elections are to be held. Both mayor and councillor vacancies must be filled within 2 months of vacancy.

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