For many Australians voting is our most potent and accessible form of political power. That means that we need to make sure that our votes are a true reflection of our political priorities. That can be a complicated calculation, even when you have a clear idea of your own political beliefs.
There are countless legitimate ways to determine who gets your vote. Some people pragmatically assess what will be best for the things they care about. For others, votes are ways of expressing ideals and principles. And ultimately, we have to decide which candidate best matches the judgements we make.