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Local council election voting tips

THE returning officer for the Lismore council elections has reminded people there are a number of ways to cast a valid vote on Saturday.

John Arthur said the optional preferential voting system being used was the same system used in previous state elections.

Because there are nine groups registered, voters can either vote above the line or below the line. However, unlike Federal elections, if you put a '1' above the line, preferences aren't allocated by the group you have nominated.

“If you just put a '1' above the line for a group that has six candidates, for example, your preferences would go down that group from one to six, but then no further,” Mr Arthur said.

He said if you wanted your preferences to go further you could put as many numbers as you like above the line.

Alternatively, voters may choose to vote below the line.

An Electoral Commission statement says electors can vote below the line for candidates by consecutively numbering from '1' in the order of choice for at least half the number of vacancies. As Lismore council has 10 vacancies, at least five squares must be marked. Byron has eight councillors, so mark 1- 4 candidates below the line for a valid vote. Voters can continue numbering as many other candidates as they wish.

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