How I voted 2011
In the Legislative Assembly I voted  Liberal. I would have been justified in doing a donkey vote with compulsory preferential, as the Lib was top of the ticket followed by a former Lib who lost preselection, then Labor (if you're a Labor candidate at this election, what does it say about you etc.), then Green, and lastly Fred Nile Is Bigger Than Jesus Group.
The Legislative Council was hard. I didn't vote above the line, haven't done since the 1980s.
I voted for moderate liberals Catherine Cusack  and Greg Pearce  to encourage candidates like them.
John Hatton is running again; he doesn't have to and the fact that he is running means the age thing isn't an issue. The ICAC is all very well but the fact is NSW needs an anti-corruption campaigner in Parliament. I voted him  to see what he'll do and where he'll go.
Then I saw - the Democrats! I thought they'd been deregistered! I voted  Arthur Chesterfield-Evans.
Darren Marton  was a guy I had some dealings with years ago on drug/alcohol law issues. He can be a bit unctuous ("What sort of lesson are we teaching our children", etc.) but unlike a lot of candidates his heart is in the right place and he's smart. It will be interesting to see how he deals with backroom negotiations and having to live with compromises.
Jennifer Stefanac  has a long background in dealing with Aboriginal issues - far more substantial than Warren Mundine or Jenny Macklin, and she has clearly sacrificed concrete achievements for breadth of coverage. No other candidate came close in terms of bringing these issues to the table.
I did vote  for somebody or other but I can't remember who - it wasn't Hanson or anyone like that.
I liked the idea of Building Australia, so I put the guy atop their ticket . If you won't employ engineers to build infrastructure, you may as well put them in Parliament.
After that it all got a bit difficult. I considered voting above the line - John Hatton group, Dems, Builders and Lib/Nats 1-4 in that order - but I got over it.
Duncan Gay  would have been a good minister and should have been ahead of some of the duffers who got gigs under Greiner and Fahey. Credit where it's due.
Michael Gallacher was inaugural President and a co-founder with me of Central Coast Young Liberals . By this point I was struggling.
[11-13] went to the second Democrat, Building Aust and John Hatton person.
I looked back to the Lib/Nat column on the far left (don't you start). I couldn't think of a reason to vote for Natasha Maclaren-Jones or Scot MacDonald, nor vote against them, so I left them blank. Mind you, I recorded the same result against Peter Phelps, a man who has embarrassed himself and his party in a series of staffer jobs and will do so as an MLC (the fact that Gladys Berejiklian and Andrew Constance are prospective ministers and he isn't will drive him crazy).
I looked across to all those splitters: Socialist Alliance vs Restore Rights for Workers, Outdoor Recreation vs Shooters & Rooters, Fred Nile Is Bigger Than Jesus Group vs the Stephen Fleming All-Stars, and some carpetbagger from Queensland vs all decent people in this state. I sneered at wankers like Frank Monte, Danny Lim and Hanson, as well as inveterate try-hard Tony Recsei (save what, from whom, with what?). No Carers? I would have voted for them. No Sex Party?
Eventually I found three other candidates to fill [14-16] from the columns to which I've referred approvingly and I was away.
Will do an election wrap-up/predictions for new govt soon.