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Your ballot papers must be received by either the Electoral Commission or City of Adelaide by 5pm on Friday, November 9, 2018.

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

Voting in Council elections is a little bit different to what you might be used to with state and federal elections. The council election is voluntary, however it is 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.

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.

Polls open on Monday, October 22, 2018 and close at 5pm on Friday, November 9, 2018. Your ballot paper must be received by 5pm on Friday, November 9, 2018. It is therefore prudent to post it by Monday, November 5 so as to ensure that it arrives the Electoral Commission’s Offices before the deadline. If you can’t post it by this date, you can always visit the Council’s Customer Centre at 25 Pirie Street, Adelaide, to put your ballot paper in the ballot box.

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How to Fill Your Form

When it comes to how you fill out your form for the Periodic Elections, 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.

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

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.

If you do just number the minimum number of boxes, and none of those candidates are elected, your vote will be extinguished and won’t go to any other candidate.

If you choose to number more boxes than required, yor preferences will continue to be distributed as you have indicated. In Local Government elections, preferences are not distributed based on 'preference deals' made between candidates.

In Local Government elections, preferences are not distributed based on 'preference deals' made between candidates.


When you post back your voting papers, the declaration must be completed and signed by the eligible voter, and remain on the envelope for the vote to be counted. This should not be removed from the envelope.

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.

  • Residents/Individuals - It’s important to make sure the declaration is signed by the person whose name appears on the ballot pack
  • Resident/Business owner - 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 and allow someone else involved in the management of the business to exercise that vote on the business’ behalf.
  • Body Corporate - In the City of Adelaide elections, an officer of a body corporate is entitled to vote on behalf of the body corporate, as opposed to a nominated person as is the case for all other Councils. 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.
  • Groups - A member of that group or an officer of a body corporate that is a member of the group can vote.

Ballot papers will be delivered to the enrolled address at some stage in October 2018. Dates will be uploaded closer to the elections.

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.

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