On Election Day this year there will be 73 individual names BELOW the line on the South Australian Senate Ballot paper and ABOVE the line 33 Parties & Groups numbered from A to Z and then AA through to AH.
Sound confusing? Well it doesn’t need to be.
For you, if you agree with our beliefs and principles, the task of casting your vote will be simple because we believe we have determined the best ‘formula’ for the best possible flow of preference to add value to what we hope to be a significant number of primary votes.
We did this by hours of pain staking research of other candidates’ platforms and by way of negotiating ‘preference agreements’ with other candidates and parties.
So, it goes without saying that the Senate count is more complicated than a count for the House of Representatives. Counting of first preferences begins on election night but the full count cannot be completed until several weeks after the election.
What will the Senate Ballot paper look like? It may be a long as 1 metre for a start! And as I said it will have letters from A – Z and then AA through to AH above the line.
In the special double randomisation draw we managed to draw number 12 which translates to the letter “L” or Group “L” as the Electoral Commission now shows us.
I believe that the letter “L” clearly signifies all that we have promised to do….that is…we have been listening, in listening we have learned about what is important to South Australians and now we are now leading SA to the Senate!
HOW YOU CAN VOTE FOR US ABOVE THE LINE
You will need to find group “L”, just to the left of the middle of the almost metre long voting slip, and put a “1” in the box above the line. It is important that the numeral 1 is used. If you vote with a tick or a cross your vote will be deemed to be informal.
So…it is that simple, but the task and the journey of making it that simple for you has taken a number of days, many tens of phone calls and emails.
We wanted to emphasise the importance of being genuinely independent and also demonstrate our dismay at how the major parties have behaved. For this reason we have place the major parties last.
In between our number 1 position and place 73, we have rated and ranked parties, groups and individuals based how their principles, their vision for South Australia and the Nation and their similarities to what we have to offer.
Why? Because when elected (yes we are confident) we will endeavour to work collaboratively and deliberatively with these people in the Senate.
It wasn’t until the early hours of this morning that we were finally satisfied with our selection.
Please be assured all rankings were very carefully selected and are based on our need to get elected if we are going to achieve our goals and support our peers in the House of Review to make the best choices for our nation.
That said, on polling day, in the Senate all you have to do in look for “Group L” and you will see our names there, Dianah Mieglich and John Rohde, and put a “1” in the box above the line at Group L.
Of course…if you don’t agree with our selection of preferences please exercise your right to vote below the line by putting us at 1 and 2 and then complete every other box through to 73 in the order of your personal preference.
Make your vote count this Election Day. It is a powerful thing.
More info at http://www.aec.gov.au/Voting/counting/senate_count.htm