Australian Federal Election time is heading into high gear now that the official list of candidates has been finalised—and it is a long one! With a record number of candidates
in the 2013 election, it can be awfully tempting to just vote above the line for the Senate, especially as many believe that voting below the line means wasting your vote. Thankfully, Dennis the Election Koala
is here to explain why you can't waste your vote. (It also makes a good intro to preferential voting for those still mystified by it.)
More ways to make sure your vote counts the way you want it to: Below The Line
is a really nifty set of tools. Once you look up your address (or select your division, if you know it), you can view the way the preferences would flow and also go into a ballot editor. The ballot editor shows the candidates (with links to their websites, for the most part) and lets you drag them around to come up with an order you're happy with. Then you can print it off and take it with you to your polling place.
Antony Green's election guide
is has background on the political landscape, overviews of electorates, how the preferences will be directed, candidates, the lot.
There are just a few holes in the information about some of the independent candidates, partly rectified below:
Andrew Whalan & Peter Grant Cooper remain ciphers, though Whalan also ran in the 2010 election.
needs promoters, though his running-mate Daniel O'Toole
has at least gotten linked in.
Sam Nathan is another mystery.
John La Mela
was once a Liberal but is now independent.
and Roland Taylor
(yes, he's Kevin's brother) and Emily Dinsey
Ribnga Green and Zita Adut Ngor
Diana Mieglich and John Rohde
Christopher Mark Cochrane
Robert Weaver is keeping a low profile.
Darrell Scott Morrison
And as always, the Australian Electoral Commission
has the full list, including professions and often contact information for all the candidates.