What does Cluey Voter do exactly?

Cluey Voter produces an accurate order of upper house (Senate or Legislative Council) voting preferences based on your choices to make voting "below the line" easy.

Do I need to order each group?

No, just specify your support (or opposition) for the groups you really care about and leave everything else to the default don't care Don't care.
Watch the video tutorial.

How do I print?

Before clicking on the Print button, select "Printer friendly." If necessary shrink the font size with Ctrl-Minus (⌘-Minus on Mac), i.e., pressing the minus key while holding down the Ctrl (⌘) key. Ctrl-Plus (⌘-Plus on Mac), has the opposite effect. Next, when the print dialog comes up, change your preferences to landscape orientation before sending to the printer. If you're still experiencing problems, trying printing to PDF, then print the PDF document using a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat.

Does Cluey Voter work on my iPhone or Android phone?

Yes, Cluey Voter was designed to be mobile phone friendly. Just Google for "cluey voter" from your phone's web browser. Be green; take your smart phone or tablet to the polling booth instead of a printout Support a lot.

Why only have 5 levels of support?

This is a design tradeoff between too many and too few. This enables you to very quickly classify the groups you really support or oppose, and not worry about all the groups in the middle.

Does Cluey Voter maintain any state?

No. If you come back to Cluey Voter, you look like a new user each and every time.

Is Cluey Voter secure?

Yes, Cluey Voter uses the secure HTTP (https) protocol. It is the only below-the-line voting tool to do so. Further, no personal data nor voting preferences are stored.

What is shuffle?

Shuffle randomises the order of groups with the same support level while preserving the group order that you specified and also preserving the order of candidates within a given group. This ensures that the order on the ballot sheet has no impact on ballots submitted by lots and lots of cluey voters. You can disable shuffle if you really want to preserve ballot order, but it's better not to do so.

How many candidates do I need to rank?

NSW, Victoria, SA and the Commonwealth have adopted an "optional preference voting" (OPV) system for voting in the upper house. This means you no longer need to rank all candidates when voting below the line. The minimum number of candidates varies by juridisiction and is displayed on the Rank Candidates page.

You may rank more candidates than the minimum required and all of your preferences will count if you do so, providing you do not skip numbers. Use Minimise Preferences to restrict the number to the required minimum.

Why don't you link to party and independent web sites?

I wanted to keep Cluey Voter purely as below-the-line voting tool. There are many good web sites, such as the ABC Election site for researching parties and candidates.

Where's my electorate?

Your electorate is for the lower house of parliament. Cluey Voter is only for voting in the upper house (Senate or Legislative Council).

Geek stuff

Coded in Python with templates in Jinja2, running on Google App Engine, application ID clueyvoter2. Questions? Email clueyvoter@gmail.com.

Related sites

Alan's article on why you should vote below the line
Antony Green's election blog post explaining the new senate voting system
Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) federal elecion info
Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) website
NSW Electoral Commission state election info
Electoral Commission of SA (ECSA) election info
WA Electoral Commission (WAEC) election info