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Party and preference voting

Voters vote for a political party and may, at the same time, mark the candidate that they would prefer to be elected on their ballot paper.

This is called preference voting. The voter casts a preference vote by marking one of the candidates on the ballot paper with a cross. In certain cases, the voter him- or herself may nominate a candidate by writing a name on the ballot paper. No one may be elected against their will, consent must be given.