26 Feb 2013

Election list difficulties

7:23 am on 26 February 2013

Voters in New South Wales may need a magnifying glass to read their election papers if the number of candidates increases.

At the 2010 state election the ballot paper was just over a metre wide - the maximum size that can be printed in Australia.

With 88 candidates across 33 columns, electoral officials had to reduce the font size to 8.5 points.

If the number of people wanting to contest this year's election is higher, the text size would have to be made even smaller to fit all the names.