Sunday, August 15th, 2010
Cluey Voter (, a simple web application that makes it easy to vote "below the line" in an upper house election, is on again for the Australian Election next Saturday (21 August).

The application was developed as a private project by Alan Noble of Google Australia.

Why vote below the line?

Voting below the line means that you decide on your own order of choice for all the candidates by numbering each and every box. Voting below the line gives voters more flexibility to reflect their personal preferences. It means you can vote for the parties you care about first.

At present the task of sequentially numbering each and every candidate from 1 to N (for example, N = 84 for NSW at this Federal Election) is time-consuming and error prone.

That's why many voters choose to vote "above the line", relying on the so-called "Group Voting Ticket" by which a party allocates its preferences. That's a pity because voters are giving up some of their democratic choice when voting "above the line".

How Cluey Voter works?

Cluey Voter makes it easy to classify your group (i.e., party or independent) preferences on a simple, intuitive scale from two thumbs down to two thumbs up. Cluey Voter then automatically generates a numbering from the way you ordered groups. The order of the groups is shuffled while preserving the ballot order of candidates within each group. This avoids introducing biases on account of ballot order. You can make manual adjustments or go back and tweak the group order. When you're happy, click on the "Check" numbering button to check that the numbering is complete. Hey presto! You now have an accurate personal guide to voting below the line.

So be a cluey voter and vote below the line this Saturday.

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Leila Henderson

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