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How do Council elections work?

General elections for Councils in South Australia are held every four years. The rules for elections are set out in the Local Government Elections Act 1999 (SA).

The next elections will be held in November 2018.

Voting in Council elections is voluntary, by secret ballot and postal voting.

The Electoral Commission of SA (the 'Returning Officer') runs Council elections.

To exercise your right to vote, you must be on your Council's voters roll. If you turn 18 before the close of polling you can vote but only if you are provisionally enrolled by the roll close date.

If you are on the voters role and are an Australian citizen, you can also nominate for Council.

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Youth Elections Project is a joint initiative of the Local Government Association of SA, Office for State/Local Government Relation and the Office for Youth.


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