Misleading voters

The Labor/KAP vote headline is quite misleading.

To win the seat of Hinkler outright, a candidate must get 50% plus one first vote.

This is unlikely with the 4 main contenders being Labor, LNP, PUP and KAP.

The KAP voting ballot paper puts LNP last and Labor second last.

So as the minor parties are eliminated their preference deals help other parties.

If you want to just give one vote then your vote will be invalid.

You have to place a number in each box whether you want to or not.

Fill in all the other boxes as per the voting card, else your vote will be invalid.

As the KAP has given both Labor and LNP bottom places on the ballot paper then they gain least from them and vice versa. So it is quite misleading to say a vote for KAP is a vote for Labor.

So this district election will be very close and I urge voters to make their preferences count and fill in the ballot paper as the party suggests, maximising their chances.

Another writer suggests that people should make up their own preferences order according to their likes but it is the party that has worked out the best preference deals to maximise the votes from other parties.



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