Wakefield Regional Council

Council Elections

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In November 2018, Wakefield voters will have the chance to elect the people they want to see represent the community on Council.

The community elects council members every four years and information regarding the 2018 general election can be found below. You can also visit the Local Government Association of SA website or the Electoral Commission of SA website. The Commission is responsible for managing local government election processes.

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.

We will update this page with more information about the 2018 general election over the coming months.

Key dates to keep in mind are:

 Roll close  5pm Fri 10 Aug 2018
 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

Enrol to vote

Under the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999, there is a requirement to purge the council supplementary roll on 1 January of every election year. All landlords, business lessees and resident non-Australian citizens are removed from the council voters roll (with the exception of City of Adelaide) and must re-enrol to be able to vote.

If you have been removed from the roll under these provisions you must re-enrol before the roll close deadline on Friday 9 August 2018, otherwise you will not be able to vote in 2018 elections.

Nominating as a Council candidate 

Most people who are on the council voters roll can stand for election - and becoming a councillor is one of the most direct ways you can influence decisions that affect the quality of life in your local area.

If you are interested in representing the Wakefield community, there are many resources available from the Electoral Commission and LGA to help you understand the role and responsibilities of being a councillor. Click on the links above for more!

Voting

Voting in council elections is done by post.

If you are on the state (House of Assembly) electoral roll or have completed a enrolment to join the supplementary roll, you will receive a voting pack in the mail in late October 2018.

Legislative Framework

The rules for local government elections are set out in the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999, an act of the South Australian Parliament. To view the Act go to www.parliament.sa.gov.au.

 

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