Electoral Commission Queensland

Full Preferential Voting

On Thursday, 21 April 2016 the Queensland Parliament approved a bill to replace optional preferential voting in state elections with a full preferential voting system. Full preferential voting example

Full preferential voting (FPV) means numbering every box on the ballot paper in your preferred order. If every square is not numbered, your vote could be deemed informal and may not be counted.

To make your vote count under the FPV system you must number all candidates in order of your preference. You must:

  • place 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 
  • continue numbering until all of the boxes are numbered. 

Instructions for completing a formal vote are always provided at the top of the ballot paper. Please read this information carefully to ensure your vote is counted.