Voting and counting

Voting

Voting is compulsory in NT Local Government (Council) elections. The voting system used is full preferential voting where the voter must mark a number '1' on the ballot paper next to their most preferred candidate, and the numbers '2', '3' and so on against all the other candidates on the ballot paper until all the boxes have been numbered in order of the voter's choice.

More information: Ballot paper formality guide

Counting

Proportional Representation electoral system

The electoral system used in NT Local Government (Council) elections is the Proportional Representation electoral system; or PR for short.

Proportional Representation (PR) is the term which describes a group of electoral systems used to elect candidates in multi-member electorates. Under PR, candidates are elected to council in proportion to the number of votes they receive. There are three main types of PR electoral systems, and in Australia, all PR electoral systems are single transferable vote (STV) systems.

Single transferable vote (STV)

Under STV electoral systems, each vote can be transferred between candidates in the order of the voter's preferences. A candidate is elected when his or her total number of votes equals or exceeds the quota.

PR count system - simplified

PR count system - detailed

Determination of the quota and distribution of preferences takes place after the cut-off for the return of postal voting ballot papers, at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, 26 September 2018.