Electoral Reform

FIXING THE VOTING SYSTEM

A BETTER WAY FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE THEIR SAY AT ELECTIONS

Reforming the voting system is long overdue. Backroom preference deals between parties have hijacked democracy and have led to candidates being elected with very little public support.

The Greens have a better way for people to have their say at election time. We believe that voters should decide where their preferences go. Enabling people to determine where their vote goes, rather than parties deciding, is a right that must be restored.

Taking Action

In 2013, the SA Greens introduced a Bill to abolish preference deals in the Upper House, and put the power back into the hands of each individual voter. In 2014, the Greens will re-introduce this Bill. This will result in a simpler ballot paper, and a fairer and more transparent democratic voting result.

The Greens will:

  • Introduce ‘Optional Preferential Voting’ in the Upper House; and
  • Abolish preference allocations by Parties so that all preference decisions are in the hands of individual voters.