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Enrol to vote in Local Government Elections

Enrol to vote in Local Government Elections
17 July 2018

Local government elections will be held in November 2018, but the time to enrol to vote is now. Participating in your local council election is one of the most direct ways you can make a difference to everyday life in your community.

In South Australia, council elections are held every four years to allow the community to choose who they wish to represent them on council. To ensure you have the opportunity to vote, you must be enrolled on either the State (House of Assembly) electoral roll, or your council voters roll.

If you are already on the State electoral roll in your council area and vote in State elections, you are automatically included on the council voters roll and will receive ballot papers through the post.

The council voters roll enables eligible candidates/voters who are not already on the State Electoral Roll to make an application for enrolment. This can apply to residents who are not Australian citizens and other non-resident land owners and occupiers.

A new council voters roll applies from 1 January in the year of an election. This means that anyone who was previously enrolled for the 2014 council elections may need to make an application to enrol by Friday 10 August 2018 to cast a vote in the council election to be held in November.

Enrolment forms are available at the Council office at the Civic Centre 10 Watson Terrace Mount Gambier or on council’s website

Unlike State and Federal elections, it is not compulsory to vote in South Australian council elections. However, I would encourage all eligible people to enrol and cast their postal vote later this year to have a say in how their community is run. - Acting CEO Judy Nagy

Councils play a vital role in many community issues which impact locally on business including planning  and development policy, public events, roads and parks maintenance, library, support to sporting and community groups and major projects such as the proposed Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre.

Teenagers who are 17 can also provisionally enrol by Friday 10 August and if they turn 18 on or prior to close of voting on Friday 9 November will also be able to vote.

Enrolment for the 2018 council elections closes at 5pm Friday 10 August 2018.

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