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The upcoming federal election will be the largest in Australian history with record numbers of electors enrolled, particularly in the youth demographic.

The way all Australian voters will vote in the upcoming federal election is different this year as Parliament has passed changes to the voting method for electing Senators. This change to Australia’s democratic system is significant and it is important that people are informed prior to the 2016 federal election.

There are two ways you can vote when filling out the Senate Ballot paper (the big white one).

If you choose to vote above the line, all you need to do is put a one in the box for the party you choose first, then number at least 5 more in the order of your preference.

Or, you can vote below the line by numbering at least 12 candidates in order of your preference to make your vote count.

The ballot papers at this year’s federal election will also look different. Parties who have registered a logo with the Australian Electoral Commission before the issue of writs for the election will now have their logo printed on ballot papers.

With all these changes it is important to understand how it affects you and how you will need to vote in the upcoming federal election.

Make your vote count. For more information, head to www.aec.gov.au

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