Councils are part of the democratic framework of Australia and the community gets the chance to elect its Council Members every four years. The next Council Elections will happen in November 2018.
Council Elections provide an opportunity to vote for candidates who will represent your community. You can also nominate to stand for election as a Council Member.
Unlike State and Federal elections, it is not compulsory to vote in South Australian council elections and all voting is done by post. Enrolled voters receive a voting package through the mail and return their votes in a reply paid envelope.
The rules for elections are set out in the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999 - an act of the South Australian Parliament.
The voters’ roll for council elections consists of two components – the House of Assembly (State) roll, and the council supplementary roll.
If you are on the House of Assembly roll you will automatically receive a voting pack mailed to your registered address.
If you have moved house or changed your name, you need to complete a new enrolment form, available at your local Post Office or online through the Electoral Commission SA website.
If you are not enrolled on the House of Assembly roll you may be eligible to register on the council supplementary roll if:
All Local Government elections are conducted using the counting system known as proportional representation. In summary, a candidate is elected when a quota or predetermined proportion of the total number of formal ballot papers cast is obtained.
To find out more about the elections and how the voting system works, visit the Electoral Commission SA's Council Election Fact Page and the SA Local Government Association 2018 Council Elections page.
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