'How to Vote' cards are produced by each Australian political party. These cards are handed to voters on polling day by volunteers and members of the political parties as they arrive at the polling station. The 'how to vote' cards are designed to assist voters to complete their ballot paper correctly and ensure their vote counts. These 'how to vote' cards relate to the 1967 Referendum and are located within a file of the Chief Electoral Office titled '1967 Referendum: Constitution Alteration, Enquiries and Complaints'.
- Polling places are established in all the House of Representatives electorates across the country. Polling day is always a Saturday. Voting is compulsory in Australia, so all Australians over the age of 18 and registered to vote are required to attend a polling station on the day to lodge their vote.
- When you arrive at the polling station on election / referendum day, representatives and volunteers for all the different political parties will greet you at the entrance and present you with cards to show you how to vote as per the parties' policy positions. In the Australian electoral system, preference votes are very important. For example, you may wish to vote 1 for the Australian Labor Party. To ensure that your preferred political party can obtain a majority vote, which will enable them to take power, it is very important to take care to whom you give your preferential votes, (voting for other political parties as 2, 3, 4 etc). This is where the 'How to vote' cards are very important as it will show you how to place your preferential votes to the best advantage of your preferred political party.
- In the case of the 1967 Referendum, the 'How to vote' cards were very simple as there were two questions being presented to which you only had to vote 'Yes' or 'No'. Do the how to vote cards presented here show a suggested vote other than 'Yes' for both questions?
- These 'how to vote' cards were collected by a voter and sent to the Chief Electoral Office. Read his letter and see why he was concerned about these particular 'how to vote' cards.