Preferences - How to Vote Sustainable Australia Party

Introduction

As an independent community party from the political centre, after you Vote 1 for Sustainable Australia Party, we prefer that YOU decide where to direct your own preferences.

You do not have to follow ANY party's preference recommendations. It should always be YOUR choice.

Unfortunately, voting systems are different across state and territories, and the federal election - but you can ALWAYS choose your own preferences if you want.

Below, we outline how we treat:

1) Federal elections, and

2) 2021 WA state election, which have different voting systems.



1. Federal Election - May 2019

In the federal election voting system, NO PARTY CAN CONTROL YOUR PREFERENCES even if you give them your #1 vote. Preferences are ONLY allocated according to YOUR numbering of boxes.

2019 SAP how-to-vote card


Sample ballot papers

Lower House (House of Representatives)

Vote 1 Sustainable Australia then number all boxes in the order of YOUR preference.

Upper House (Senate)

Vote 1 Sustainable Australia above the line, then number at least 5 other boxes in the order of YOUR preference. No need to number any boxes below the line.



2. WA Election - March 2021

As an independent community party from the political centre, after voting 1 for Sustainable Australia Party, we prefer that YOU decide where to direct your own preferences.

You do not have to follow ANY party's preference recommendations. It should always be YOUR choice.

2021 SAP how-to-vote recommendations

Lower House (Legislative Assembly districts)

Vote 1 Sustainable Australia then number all boxes in the order of YOUR preference. You must number all boxes on the lower house district ballot paper for your vote to be valid.

You can and should fully control your own preferences!

Upper House (Legislative Council regions)

You have two options:

1. Vote above the line.

Simple put a 1 in the SAP box and leave all other boxes blank.

2. Vote below the line.

Number every box below the line, starting with 1 and 2 in the SAP boxes.

SAP encourages voters to vote below the line, if they want to order their own preferences.

Important explainer

If you vote 1 SAP above the line - and we do not get elected - we will distribute SAP preferences to independents and minor parties first, then the four major parties (L/G/L/N). This is in order to bring more diversity and ideas to the WA Parliament.

Further reasoning: a) The fact that the four major parties did not agree to a preference deal with SAP; and b) to give SAP a fighting chance to get an MP elected in an electoral system heavily weighted to favour the major parties (including rules that provide full public / taxpayer funding for major party campaigns but no public funding for minor party campaigns).

Remember, you can always vote 1 SAP and fully control your own preferences by voting below the line (and numbering every box)!

NB: If elected, SAP will campaign to change the voting system in WA so it is much easier to choose your own preferences and so that minor parties can compete on a much more even playing field regarding campaign funding! We will consult widely on this, but at the very least, the Victorian system could easily be introduced where you only need to number (say) 12 boxes below the line, rather than all of them.


The Western Australian Electoral Commission provides information on how to mark your ballot paper correctly here:

https://www.elections.wa.gov.au/vote/voting-election