Electoral Commission Queensland

Full preferential voting

Full preferential voting ballot paper example On 21 April 2016 Queensland's Legislative Assembly approved a bill to abolish the use of the optional preferential voting system in state elections and replace it with a full preferential voting system. This change brings Queensland into alignment with the voting system used by the Australian Electoral Commission for the House of Representatives elections. 

Full preferential voting (FPV) means marking every box on the ballot paper in your preferred order. If every square is not marked your vote will be deemed informal and unable to be counted to contribute towards determining the election result.

To place a formal vote under the FPV system you simply number the candidates in order of your preference by:

  • placing a one (1) in the box beside your first preference,
  • a two (2) in the box beside your second preference,
  • a three (3) in the box beside your third preference, and so on until all boxes have been numbered. 

Information and instructions for completing a formal vote are always provided at the top of the ballot paper. Please read these instructions carefully to ensure your vote is counted and contributes towards the election result.