Short of issuing voters with a magnifying glass, something needs to change.
The humble ballot paper has reached its limit and federal parliamentarians are trying to work out a solution.
Voters in New South Wales at the 2010 election were faced with a Senate ballot paper that was just over a metre wide - the maximum size that can be printed in Australia.
With 88 candidates across 33 columns, electoral officials were forced to reduce the font size to just 8.5 points.
If the number of people wanting to contest this year's poll is higher, the text size would have to be made even smaller to fit all the names.
"I'm concerned that if we have more groups on the NSW Senate ballot paper, we're effectively going to have to supply magnifying glasses to voters," Labor senator John Faulkner quipped.
The solution being considered is to double the nomination fee for candidates and to increase the level of public support required before someone's name can be added to the ballot paper.
Senator Faulkner, who is one of the 12 representatives from NSW in the Upper House, says the proposed changes would prevent the ballot paper "unnecessarily ballooning".
"These amendments will impose a slightly higher, but still a modest requirement on candidates standing for Parliament, to demonstrate some threshold of community support."
Of the 84 candidates on the NSW Senate ballot in 2010, 42 candidates received fewer than 200 first preference votes or less than 0.005 per cent of the total formal vote.
The fee to contest a House of Representatives seat would be increased from $500 to $1,000. The last time the fees were increased was in 2006.
The legislation would also increase the number of nominations required by a candidate for the Senate or House of Representatives who has not been put forward by a registered political party from 50 to 100 electors.
Democratic Labor Party senator John Madigan is concerned the fee increase is too much given the election is less than seven months away, and has instead proposed a phased-in approach.
He is concerned the proposed changes would further entrench the "duopoly" that exists in Australian politics between Labor and the Coalition.
"It seems to me that more and more people are voting for the so-called small, minor parties, independent or fringe or nutters... as some people in this place call them, because they're sick to death of the way the Parliament is running," Senator Madigan said.
"They're taking democracy back into their own hands because they're fed up."
But Liberal senator Arthur Sinodinos has rejected the idea that the legislative changes would reinforce a "political duopoly".
"It is true that the Australian electorate historically has largely looked to two great political blocks - the Labor Party and the Coalition in various forms over the years - as to who would form the government," he told the Senate.
"And it's true if we go back to the Cold War era, that it could be said that something like 40 per cent plus of the electorate were rusted on to one side or the other.
"But those days have gone. I really believe those days have gone. There are fewer and fewer rusted-on supporters."