Electoral Commission Queensland

Optional preferential voting

OPV is the voting system used in Queensland to elect:

  • Mayors in local government elections
  • Councillors in local governments where wards or divisions exist (divided).

OPV requires an elector to mark the ballot paper to indicate their preference. Electors can choose to “vote for one, vote for some, or vote for all” candidates on the ballot paper.

  • Vote for only one candidate, by placing a one (1), tick or cross in the square opposite the name of your preferred candidate. 
  • Vote for some or all, by placing a one (1) in the box of your preferred candidate. You can then number some or all of remaining boxes in order of your preference according to the instructions on the ballot paper. 

Your preference order will not be automatically allocated; only you can decide where your preferences go. If the candidates you vote for are eliminated from the count, your vote will be exhausted.