Electoral Affairs

Abolish Ticket Voting

Our current electoral system in Western Australia presents voters with an all or nothing choice: a voter can either select a single box above the line thereby handing control of the flow of their preferences to that party or candidate, or, they must undertake the onerous task of sequentially numbering their own preferences for every candidate below the line.

Ticket Voting

In a true democracy, voters, and not political parties, should be able to choose where preferences go. More than 95% of Western Australian voters choose to vote above the line, creating a strong incentive for parties to engage in preference deals. This has led to micro parties with diametrically opposing views preferencing each other in a dodgy process known as “preference harvesting” and being elected on less than 1% of the primary vote.


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