Voters FAQs

Can I vote if I’m not on the State (House of Assembly) electoral role?

Voting in council elections is open to a broader range of people than State and Federal elections. You may be eligible to join the council supplementary roll. Find out more here.

Is voting compulsory?

No, but it is encouraged.

How do I know if I’m on/get onto the electoral role/make sure I receive a voting pack?

You can check and update your details on the State electoral roll via the Electoral Commission (ECSA) website.

When will I receive my voting pack?

Voting packs are distributed in the mail at least 2 weeks prior to the close of voting.

When does voting close?

Ballots must be received by the Returning Officer by midday on the date shown on the ballot materials.

What do I do if I haven’t received my voting pack?

Contact ECSA.

Can I vote in more than one election/area?

Possibly. If you own a property or a business or are the designated representative of a group in another council area or council ward, you may be eligible to vote in more than one election. You will need to enrol on the council supplementary roll in order to be able to do this.

How do I become the designated person for a group/body corporate to vote on their behalf?

You must complete the appropriate enrolment form for your council supplementary roll with the approval of your body corporate/group and submit it to your council.

Can I vote as a business as well as an individual in the same council ward (if both my house and business are in the same ward?

No. Under section 14 of the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999 there are various entitlements for enrolment enabling a business or group to enrol, and for individuals to enrol, however these provisions do not entitle the same person to be enrolled for the same election (ward or council-wide) more than once.

Where can I get more information about the candidates?

After nominations close and ECSA have undertaken the appropriate checks, information about candidates will be published on this website. The same information will also be provided in the ballot packs distributed to electors at least two weeks prior to close of voting. 

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