The aim of an effective campaign is to attract as many first preference or “number 1” votes as you can. Your main aim is to communicate with your voters. If you can get a good share of the primary vote getting elected is very likely. However in the count, preferences can determine whether the candidate gets over the line or gets “pipped at the post”.

Deciding how to direct your preferences can be an important factor affecting both your and other candidates’ chances of getting elected.

However, it’s not so easy to get preferencing right even if you have experience. Just have a go – seeing as you have campaigned hard, why not give it a go? It’s a learning experience.

Preference voting and preference negotiations (675 kb)