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Town of Walkerville

2018 Council Elections

Voting in council elections is open to a broader range of people than State and Federal elections, including non-Australian citizens, non-resident landlords and businesses.  Enrol now to have your say.

Nominate

Councils are part of the democratic framework of Australia. The community elects their council members every four years and the next general elections happen in November 2018.

Unlike State and Federal elections, it is not compulsory to vote in South Australian council elections. However, council elections are the biggest single voluntary civic participation activity in the state with nearly 360,000 people voting in the 2014 council elections.

Key Dates

 

 

 

Nominations Open

Tues 4 Sept 2018

Nominations Close

12 noon Tues 18 Sept 2018

Mail out of voting materials

Mon 22 – Fri 26 Oct 2018

Close of Voting

5pm Fri 9 Nov 2018

Unlike State and Federal elections, it is not compulsory to vote in South Australian council elections. However, council elections are the biggest single voluntary civic participation activity in the state with nearly 360,000 people voting in the 2014 council elections.

Another important difference from State and Federal elections is that all voting in council elections is done by post. Enrolled voters receive a voting package through the mail and return their votes in a reply paid envelope.

Nominating for a position on council

If you are eligible to vote in your local council elections, you are probably also eligible to stand for a position on council.

With very few exceptions (such as being an undischarged bankrupt, or being disqualified from holding office by a court order), you can nominate for a position on council regardless of qualifications, religion, race, gender, experience or profession.

In fact, councils actively encourage nominations from people from diverse backgrounds to ensure that a wide range of views are being represented. The Local Government Association and many councils run information sessions for potential candidates.

Nomination process

Nominations for the 2018 local government elections open Tuesday 4 September 2018 and close Tuesday 18 September 2018 at 12 noon. During this time, you must complete and lodge a nomination form which is available from you council and other advertised locations.

You will also be asked to lodge a 150-word candidate profile and a ‘head shoulders’ photograph which will be published on a candidates’ website.

Click here to download the Nominating for Council booklet.