The most important part of any election is you, the voter. But we know very little about how Australians decide who to vote for.
Any Australian registered voter can participate in the Voter Choice Project.
If you are 17 and have provisionally enrolled to vote, or are otherwise eligible to enrol and plan to enrol in time to vote for the election, you can also participate. Silent electors and registered overseas electors are also strongly encouraged to participate. We won’t be able to verify you on the roll, but we’ll verify you’re a real person in other ways so that you can still have your views heard.
Whether you take voting very seriously and consider it an important civic duty, vote for the same party you always do, consider voting a joke or waste of time, or anything in between, everyone’s contributions are equally important. You don’t need to be a political nerd (but you can be), you won’t be asked lots of hard questions about the electoral process, and you don’t even need to follow the election.
The panel study involves an initial questionnaire, followed by monthly questionnaires until the election is called, then weekly questionnaires each week for the official campaign, one on election day and one final questionnaire after the election.
You will need to answer a minimum of 7 questionnaires, the longest of which will take 20 minutes to complete, and your total time commitment over the entire study is about 4 hours. In the event the election is not called until May 2019, it might extend to 5 hours.
Read more about what is involved in being a participant, or sign up now using the form below.
The Voter Choice Project is about understanding why people vote: so the most simple answer to why you should participate is to tell the politicians why you voted the way you did. So you can be heard… be more than just a number on election night.
Have you ever had a feeling during an election campaign that none of the politicians are speaking to you? That they don’t understand what is important to you?
Or are you the most loyal party supporter, and would like to do something to help your party campaign better?
Maybe you are someone that doesn’t care about elections so much, but cares about an issue that’s close to your heart, and would like to help improve how your cause can get their message out and change some hearts and minds to make Australia a better place?
Because we do not have good research on how Australian voters choose who to vote for, there is a real disconnect between politicians, political campaigns, and voters. When politicians say things like “the message of the voters is clear”, they are usually just saying what they want the message to be, because we do not have a tradition in this country of asking people why they voted one way or the other.
By telling us your reasons for voting, and what helped you get to that decision, we can tell politicians what the message behind the vote really is. We can also tell the professionals who work on campaigns of all kinds when and how you want to be informed about what matters, so you can be informed when you vote.
Or, if you’d like to tell them to leave you alone and that you don’t want to vote at all, we can pass on that message too.
The more people that participate in the study, the more we will learn about the diverse range of ways that Australians come to their voting decisions, and what voters really care about.
So whether you want your reasons for voting to be heard, want to help your party or cause, or want to make Australia a better democracy, take part in the Voter Choice Project and you can be a voice, not just a number.
Please complete this form to register and take part in the Voter Choice Project. Your details will be verified against the Australian Electoral Roll, and then you will be sent an email invite to the first questionnaire when it is ready.
If you are 17 or otherwise eligible to vote but not yet enrolled, or a silent elector, you can still participate in the study. Please complete the form, then email us at email@example.com to let us know the reason we won’t be able to find you on the roll.
If you have a privacy concern and don’t want to fill out the form, or don’t want to give us that many details, you can also email us: at a minimum we need your name, age, suburb, postcode, electorate, and a second way to contact you other than your email (usually phone number or social media profile).
A great deal of effort has gone in to planning the privacy protections around this study so you can be confident your details are secure. Your personal details and your individual responses to the questionnaires will never be released as part of any results nor with any part of the dataset. Find out more about how your privacy is protected on our FAQs page.
If you are a registered overseas voter who no longer has an Australian address, please use this form to sign up instead.