Hot Topics: Voting and elections

Hot Topics: Voting and elections explains the key features of our electoral laws, who can vote, who can stand for election, and how votes are counted.

About the authors

This online edition of Hot Topics: Voting and elections was updated in April 2019 Professor Rodney Smith. The issue is based on  previous editions, written by Rodney Smith and Associate Professor Anika Gauja, both from the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney.

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Chapters

Chapter six

Current voting procedures

Voting procedure - postal voting.

Chapter seven

Standing for election

Standing for election - how parties choose candidates - party registration - election funding - donations. 

Chapter eight

Drawing electoral boundaries

Electoral boundaries - gerrymanders - malapportionment and ‘one vote one value’ - zonal systems.

Chapter nine

How votes are counted

First past the post - preferential voting - optional preferential voting - proportional representation - formal and informal votes.

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Disclaimer: 

Hot Topics: Voting and elections. Hot Topics is intended as an introductory guide only and should not be interpreted as legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information, the Legal Information Access Centre does not assume responsibility for any errors or omissions.

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