YOU might need a magnifying glass to decipher the list of candidates, but there are ways to make voting in the Senate easier this year.
Preferences (the order of votes) are extremely crucial in the Senate and can often mean the difference between a candidate winning or losing.
Choosing from the major parties is hard enough, how do you pick between the Smokers’ Rights Party or Bullet Train For Australia Party?
For those who don’t want to have their vote determined by back-room preference deals, they must number each and every box “below the line”.
This can be an arduous task, particular in 2013 with a record number of candidates, but there are tools that can help.
Voters can create their own how-to-vote cards online, using websites that help distinguish which parties you want to put where.
ClueyVoter.com is one site which numbers all the boxes by asking a voter how much they support or are against each party.
Another option is senate.io which uses a drag and drop option to order candidates, while BelowTheLine.org lets you do lower house prefences as well.
For those who want to get in and out of the polling booth as quick as possible there is still the option for voting “above the line”.
Simply put a number one next to the Senate candidate of your choice and your vote will flow according to the preference deals that party has hammered out.