Voting ballot explained
A NEW council will be formed this weekend as the Coffs Coast elects a mayor and councillors.
A total of 45 candidates will be vying for support at Saturday's polls.
The candidates consist of three ungrouped candidates and grouped candidates from nine groups.
Voters can cast their ballot by voting either above or below the line.
Voting above the line enables you to vote for a group of candidates. Voting preferences are distributed to those grouped candidates in the order that they are listed.
Voters can not elect ungrouped candidates above the line.
To vote for ungrouped candidates, or individuals who are part of a group, vote below the line.
Here, electors must preference at least four candidates and number them from one to four.
Preferences listed by the voter below the line are distributed in the order selected.