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Council Elections

A full, periodic Council election was held in November 2014. Newly elected members successful in the City of Adelaide local government elections were officially sworn in at an Investiture Ceremony, held in the Council Chambers on 18 November 2014.


Due to the resignation of Councillor Robert Simms in September 2015, Council held a supplementary election to fill the Area Councillor vacancy.    

Ms Sandy Verschoor was elected to the Area Councillor position as a result of this election.

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VIDEO: City of Adelaide Elections: Why I am voting this November?

Voting in Council elections is a little bit different to what you might be used to with state and federal elections. The council elections is voluntary. It is however an  important chance to make your voice heard as its your opportunity influence the future of your local community and help shape the leadership of our City.

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Dates for Periodic Elections 2018

The next Council elections will be held in November 2018.  Whether you’re enrolling, voting or nominating as a candidate, here are all the important days and dates to keep in mind.  These dates will be updated when the election timetable is received from the Electoral Commission.

Close of rolls

Pending

August 2018

Nominations to stand as a candidate

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September 2018

Nominations close

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September 2018

Ballot Packs mailed out

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October 2018

Close of voting

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5pm Friday 9 November 2018

Vote count

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Saturday 10 November 2018

For Voters

Local Government elections provide an important opportunity for the community to make their mark on what happens in their area – whether it’s simply voting to elect representatives or even running themselves.

There will be periodic City of Adelaide Supplementary Election in 2018, and to be able to vote and make an impact you have to make sure you are eligible and registered.
Voting in Council elections is a little bit different to what you might be used to with state and federal elections.

Voting in council elections is optional – you have the option to influence the future of your local community and help shape the leadership and future of our City.

It’s an important chance to make your voice heard, but you won’t get into any trouble if you forget to send your voting slip back.
And that brings us to the second major difference in voting: how you get your vote in.

Voting in Council elections is conducted by postal ballot, meaning once you have your forms all you need to do is fill them out and post them back – no tedious lines or set days, in fact there are three weeks for you to vote.

For City of Adelaide voters, voting papers can be posted back in the supplied reply paid envelope or placed in the ballot box at City of Adelaide, 25 Pirie Street, Adelaide, with polls opening in October 2018 and closing at 5pm Friday, November 9, 2018.

When it comes to how you fill out your form that’s a bit different to what you might be used to as well.

There are a total of five different elections - Lord Mayor (1 Position), Area Councillor (4 Positions), North Ward Councillor (2 Positions), Central Ward Councillor (3 Positions) and South Ward Councillor (2 Positions). Ward Boundaries.

For your vote to be valid, you have to number at least as many boxes on the ballot papers as there are vacancies for that election, in order of your preference.

For City of Adelaide, that means:

  • Number up to at least one box on the Lord Mayor ballot paper, as there is one position vacant in that election;
  • Number up to at least four boxes (1 to 4) on the Area Councillors ballot paper, as there are four positions vacant in that election;
  • Number up to at least two boxes (1 to 2) on the North and South Ward Councillor ballot papers, as there are two positions vacant in that election; and
  • Number up to at least three boxes (1 to 3) on the Central Ward Councillor ballot paper, as there are three positions vacant in that election.

Basically it’s the chance to vote for an overall leader – the Lord Mayor, and also Councillors to represent different portions of the City.

When you post it back the declaration must be completed and signed by the eligible voter, and remain on the envelope for the vote to be counted: voters should not remove this.

An individual can only vote once in each election, which is something to keep in mind if you own a business or multiple properties within the City of Adelaide area.

In the instance that you qualify as both a resident and a business owner in the City of Adelaide you should use the resident ballot, as someone else involved in the management of the business can exercise that vote on the business’ behalf.

For individuals it’s important to make sure this is signed by the person whose name appears on the ballot pack, for a body corporate it must be an officer of the body corporate, and for a group it must be a member of that group or an officer of a body corporate that is a member of the group.

An officer of a body corporate means a director, manager, secretary or public officer of the body corporate and includes any other person who takes part in the management of the affairs of the body corporate.

Ballot papers will be delivered to the enrolled address during October 2018. If you do not receive your ballot papers by early November 2018, please contact the Electoral Commission on 1300 655 232 to arrange for ballot papers to be re-issued. In the last week of voting ballot papers can be re-issued in person at City of Adelaide, 25 Pirie Street, Adelaide.

Election Liaison Officers

For nominations, candidate info, general enquires contact:
Elections Co-ordinator, City of Adelaide, 8203 7459

For voters roll/voting eligibility contact:
Voters Roll Liaison, City of Adelaide, 8203 7242

Other useful contacts

For general elections enquiries contact:
Electoral Commission SA
Phone: 1300 655 232

Useful Links

Local Government Association

Office for State/Local Government Relations (State Government body)

Electoral Commission of South Australia

Application for Electoral Enrolment (Australian Electoral Commission)

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