One of the problems with voting below the line in the Senate elections is that there are a lot of choices, and its not always clear who is who - is that independant a sensible individual, or did One Nation kick them out? Does "liberty" mean that, or does it mean "NO ONE TELLS ME WHAT TO DO!"
One way you can get a quick idea of how folks stand is by looking at the top and bottom of the
. Here's a quick, opinionated rundown of the medium to small folks (if you don't know where Labor / Liberal stand, you have a need to go do some research beyond the scope of this short post). When I say "ends with", I'm listing the first party that has a chance of getting a representative (IMHO, of course) - its a very rough thing.
Er, originally this was all about the independents, so I've put them first....
|Name||Top 5(ish) preferences||Bottom 5(ish) preferences||Comments||Ends with|
|Group I: Independents||Greens||CEC, Liberal National||So, these guys are leftish||Greens|
|Group P: Independents #1||Liberty & Democracy Party, What Women Want, Climate Change||Family First, CEC, Christian Democrats||If it looks like the democrats, smells like the democrats, and preferences like the democrats....||Democrats|
|Group P: Independents #2||""||""||Fundamentally the two are the same, except where the Lib/Lab preferences appear around the 25 mark. These guys are just irritating and cluttering the ballot paper... by being on it.||Democrats|
|Group T: Independents||Democratic Labor, Liberals||Democrats, CEC, Greens||Oo, so little room at the bottom of my ticket, who to choose.||Liberal|
|Group V: Independents||Individuals from Greens, Democrats, Carers, Independent||Christian Democrats (Fred Nile), CEC, Socialist Alliance||Once the get past the individuals, its greens, then democrats||Greens|
|Name||Top 5(ish) preferences||Bottom 5(ish) preferences||Comments|
|Group A: Climate Change Coalition||top of ticket for Democrat, Labor, Green, Family First, Liberal||Family First, Senator Online, One Nation||Either being strange or cunning||Democrats|
|Group B: One Nation||Family First||Greens||Helping highlight what horrid people FF are||Family First|
|Group C: Democrats #1||Carers alliance, Climate Change Coalition||Christian Democrats (Fred Nile), One Nation||Once you get past all the one-trick ponies, Greens then Labor||Democrats (then Greens, then Labor)|
|Group C: Democrats #2||"||"||As above, only Green then Liberal||Democrats (then Greens, then Libs)|
|Group D: What Women Want||Greens||Family First, CEC||At least the name is clear||Greens|
|Group E: Senator Online||Carers Alliance, Conservatives for Climate||Independants, One Nation||Er. Ok.Nothing says "huh?" like the small groups putting all the independants last||Democrats|
|Group F: Labor||Greens||One nation, CEC||Yah, wasn't going to put them in, but its nice to see VicLabor can learn from their stupid & aren't putting FF as their preferences||Labor|
|Group G: Australian Shooters Party||Labor, Fred Nile||Greens||don'tmakeeyecontact||Labor|
|Group G: Liberal/Nats||Family First||One Nation, CEC||blah, blah, lies, fear uncertainty doubt. MAKE A BETTER DECISION||Liberal|
|Group J: Socialist Equality party #1||Greens||NonCustodial parents, Socialist, independents||Nice to see the two socialist parties going one another||Greens|
|Group J: SEP #2||Labor, Shooters||Democrats, What Women want, Senator online||Labor|
|Group J: SEP #3||Liberal, Nat, Independants (I)||Labor, Shooters||What an odd mix||Liberal|
|Group K: Family First||Christian Democrats (Fred Nile), Liberty & Democracy Party, Democratic Labor Party||Democrats, Greens||ahh, nice to see Family First removing the mask and showing us that they are, in fact, Satan.||Family First (then Liberal Party)|
|Group L: Liberty & Democracy||Independent, Conservatives for Climate, One Nation||Socialists, Independents, One Nation||Much like countries, if they need to have 'Democracy' in the name, they don't have it. Interesting that the first 'major' party preference is the third Labor guy tho - someone's being very cunning.||Labor* (then FF)|
|Group M: Conservatives for Climate & Environment||Senator online, Climate Change Coalition, Liberty & Democracy||Labor, Socialists of all stripes||If the liberal party was higher in their list, i'd assume this was an attempt to say "look, your votes care about environment issue" and then put the votes back to the Liberals. But their first major prefs go to FF => Satan ||Family First|
|Group N: Democratic Labor Party||Independent, Christian Democrats (Fred Nile), Family First||Greens, CEC, Socialist Alliance||See "Liberty & Democracy"||Family First|
|Group O: Christian Democrats (Fred Nile)||Democratic Labor Party, Family First||Greens||The Democratic Republic of Fred Nile...||Family First|
|Group Q: Citizens Electoral Council||Liberal, Nat, Carer's Alliance||Labor, Greens||... quacks like a racist, idiotic liberal...||Liberal|
|Group R: Non-Custodial Parents||Carers Alliance, One Nation, Christian Democrats(Fred Vile)||Greens||One trick pony, evil||Family First|
|Group S: Socialist Alliance||Greens, What Women want||Christian Democrats (Fred Nile), CEC, One Nation||Greens|
|Group U: Greens #1||Democrats, Carers||Shooters, One Nation, CEC||Cascades to Labor if the greens/democrats don't get a spot.||Greens (then Democrats, then Labor)|
|Group U: Greens #2||""||CEC, Liberal||Ditto, with a nice 'fuck you' for the Liberals||Greens (then Democrats, then Labor)|
|Carers Alliance||What women want, Climate change coalition... ||Democratic Labor, CEC||Once you cascade through the independants/small, you hit democrats & greens||Democrats* (after all the independants)|
TAKE NOTE! how many of the small parties, etc cascade their votes to Family Filth, and even if those bigotted fucks don't get a rep, then their preferences go to the Liberals.
68 options might see a lot, but don't forget that there are 6 slots - nearly 10% of the people running will get in. So, don't think "oh, only my first 5 choices matter", because that may well not be the case - the last state election started hitting the 23rd preferences in some cases.
Take at least some time to think who you want to put at the top, and then at the bottom..
Can anyone tell me if its legal or not to make notes on your arm/hand for going in to vote?
was more sensible than me, and asked the AEC - you can take notes into the booth with you :)