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Voting and counting

Completing your ballot paper

The voting system used in Northern Territory Local Government elections is full preferential where you must show a preference for all candidates listed on the ballot paper. Voting is compulsory.

You must place the number 1 in the candidate square on the ballot paper for the person you want as your first choice. You must then place consecutively increasing whole numbers (starting with the number 2) in the candidate square on the ballot paper for each of the other candidates until a number is placed in all squares on the ballot paper.

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Voting options available for Territorians

There are many options available for electors voting in local government elections.

These include:

  • attending an early voting centre before election day
  • applying for a postal vote to be sent to your nominated address
  • voting in a remote location when voting teams are scheduled to visit

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Vote counting

Read how the votes are counted and the distribution of preferences is conducted.