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 periodic Council Elections will happen in November 2022.
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.
A supplementary election will be held to fill a vacancy in Woodlands Ward following the resignation of a Councillor.
The election will occur in December with the successful candidate’s term due to expire in November 2022.
Local government elections provide an opportunity to elect representatives who aspire to make their community a better place to live.
Unlike state and federal elections, it is not compulsory to vote in council elections. 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 community is encouraged to have their say on the future of the city by voting in the election.
Here is some information about the upcoming supplementary election:
5pm, Monday 30 September 2019
|Candidate Briefing Session||6.30pm, Wednesday 23 October 2019 (Council Chambers, 245 Sturt Road, Sturt)|
Opening of nominations
Thursday 24 October 2019
12 noon, Thursday 7 November 2019
Dispatch of ballot material to electors
Tuesday 19 November 2019 to Monday 25 November 2019
Close of voting (Polling Day)
12 noon, Monday 9 December 2019
Scrutiny and count
Monday 9 December 2019
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.
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 November 2019.
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 12 noon Monday 9 December 2019.
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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Authorised by Adrian Skull, PO Box 21, Oaklands Park SA 5046.