Step 1: Choose your State from the dropdown in Options, this will make sure you're looking at the right Senate Ballot Paper!
Step 2: Place yourself on the Vote Compass. If you're unsure of where to place yourself, click near your favourite party, or find out where you sit at ABC's vote compass.
Step 3: Double click on any parties you don't want to preference at all on the Vote Compass. You can always add them back later if you've made a mistake!
Step 4: Choose which party types you wish to automatically add to your How-To-Vote, either Major parties, Minor parties or Both. Don't worry, you can change these later! This is just to get you started!
Step 5: Click on Calculate Party Order to add parties to your Parties Selected.
Step 6: Manually move the parties around until you are satisfied with the order. You can click-and-drag between the two lists, or double-click to swap lists.
Step 7: Choose whether you want an Above The Line How-To-Vote (unchecking all the boxes), A Below The Line How-To-Vote, or one of the more exotic Tactical Voting Options. Further details can be found below the checkboxes.
Step 8: Click Download Ballot PDF to download a printable How-To-Vote card that you can take to the polling booth, or use to help you fill out your postal vote at home!
This is a best efforts attempt to locate the parties on the VoteCompass, if I have made any errors please let me know by emailing me at:
I am not receiving payment or benefit for this calculator, I am just trying to help people figure out a complicated system. If you want further information about the parties please have a look at this Guardian Article which has further information about the smaller parties.
Click to place yourself on the Vote Compass.
Click and drag yourself (or the parties) around as required.
Calculation of your preference order will be based on your distance to each of the parties.
If you have chosen any Ungrouped Candidates you need toselect Below The Line, otherwise you will be unableto vote for them.
Choose Below The Line to vote below the line.
Choose Tactical to vote tactically (making your vote count themost possible).
Choose Risky Tactical to vote tactically with the fewestnumbers written on the ballot (however, there is a slim chance your votewill expire without voting for your favoured parties).