First post!

Hello there! Below the Line, a little web-based tool I’ve been working on that lets you work out your senate vote for this year’s Australian federal election, has just gone live. Nominations for candidates closed today at 12pm, and at the same time tomorrow those nominations will be declared, followed by the random drawing for the positions on the ballots.

I’ve added data for the senate vote from 2007, so until the full list of candidates and the ballot layouts have been announced by the AEC, you can try the tool based on the last election’s data. Just click the tab at the top right of the page for your state or territory to try it out! I’ll update the site once the 2010 information is available.

The site has been tested in Firefox 3.6, Safari 5, Opera 10.6 and Internet Explorer 8, and I’ve also checked that it’s working in IE 7. If you encounter any problems with the site (which is entirely possible and somewhat likely!), just drop me an email and I’ll try to fix it up as soon as I can.

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  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Cameron McCormack and Cameron McCormack, Jonathan Shinkfield. Jonathan Shinkfield said: RT @heycam: Voting in this year's Australian federal election? Below the line in the senate? Maybe my tool can help: #ausvotes [...]

  2. Cameron this is fantastic. What a boon for democracy. I’ve voted below the line all my life, and it has always been a bit of a chore to get it right – nothing worse than finding you’ve got 2 number 33s on your paper. Now I’ve already prepared my vote and can quickly transcribe it on polling day. Well done.


  3. Billious Voter
    20 August 2010, 7:25 pm

    Marvelous effort.

    The best protest vote is a Below-the-Line vote.

    It will force Ed the feral electer-roll commissioner to report to the pollies that the people have woken up to what is necessary to effect reform.

    Preferential Above-the-Line for the number of candidates + one, ie choose 7 is way better and simpler. simple to do, simple to count, quick and fair result.

    This would blow the insidious deal making out of the water by the parties.

    Great effort.