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.
Local Government elections provide an opportunity to elect representatives who aspire, through the decisions they will be empowered to make on behalf of the community, to contribute to effective local government.
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.
2018 Councils Elections Timetable
These Guidelines operate to provide a general approval to authorise the placement or affixation of moveable signs, advertising candidates for election, on a road or onto infrastructure on a road.
A total of seven elections will be held within the City of Marion in the 2018 elections; one for the Mayor and one for each of the six wards.
Information about current wards and boundaries
Voting in council elections is done by post.
If you are on the State (House of Assembly) electoral roll or have completed an enrolment to join the supplementary roll, you will receive a voting pack in the mail in late October 2018.
The ballot paper in your voting pack will show the candidates standing for election in your council ward. To find out more about each of the candidates and what they stand for go to the council elections candidates website, then complete your ballot paper and return it in the reply paid envelope.
Votes must be received before 5pm Friday 9 November 2018.
Get involved and make a difference Local democracy is an important feature of life in Australia, and councils have a far greater influence on communities than most people appreciate.
All Local Government elections are conducted using the counting system known as proportional representation. 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.
The Electoral Commission SA (ECSA) works closely with a range of community sector partners to ensure all South Australians have the information they need to understand and vote in council elections.
Please visit their website for more details of the types of resources and assistance available https://www.ecsa.sa.gov.au/elections/council-elections-home/council-elections-accessible-resources
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