ATL & BTL Voting

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From: Jocelyn Jacob

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Dear Australian Electoral Commission,

I understand how voting works below the line (with the surplus and transferrals) but how do votes above the line get counted? What is the calculation that is used to combine the two to determine the amount of members of each party in the Senate?

Yours faithfully,

Jocelyn

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Dear Jocelyn,

 

Voters can choose to vote along party lines (above the line) in the order
of your choice, or for individuals (below the line) in the order of your
choice.

 

Above the line: Voters are instructed to number at least 1 - 6 next to the
names of parties in the order of their choice. They can number more if
they choose. This means that votes go to the first candidate listed below
the line under the number 1. Preferences will then flow to the second
candidate listed under the number 1 and so on. When all preferences have
been distributed within the number 1 party of their choice, they are
transferred to the number 2 party of their choice, and so on.

 

Below the line: Voters are instructed to number at least 1 - 12 next to
the names of individuals in the order of their choice. They can number
more if they choose. Preferences flow in the order of the individuals
numbered by the voter. Your vote will exhaust after your last preference.

 

Transfer values and quotas are explained in the fact sheet at:
[1]http://www.aec.gov.au/Voting/counting/se... . Transfer
values and quotas are applied the same way whether an elector votes above
the line or below the line.

 

I hope the above has been of assistance.

 

Yours sincerely,

 Angela | Public Enquiries Officer

Australian Electoral Commission

Ph: 13 23 26 or 61 2 6160 2600 (if calling from overseas)

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