Information resources

Below you will find some of the educational material produced by the Electoral Commission SA. They are listed in order of accessibility level from easy, to medium, and research level material.

Easy Read booklets

Title Pages Description Level
Three levels of governmentPDF 12 Explains the three levels of government in South Australia. Includes a glossary of words. Easy
VotingPDF 16 Explains the different ways to vote at State elections. Also shows how to complete ballot papers. Easy
Enrolling to votePDF 12 Explains why, how, and who can enrol to vote in South Australia. Instructions on how to complete an enrolment form are included. Easy
Voting at a polling place storyboardPDF 1 Single page illustrated instructions on how to vote on a State election day. Easy
State elections easy read bookletPDF 15 All of the information about enrolling and voting for State elections. Has instructions on enrolling, voting, completing ballot papers, contacting the Electoral Commission SA, and includes a glossary of terms. Easy

Brochures

Title Pages Description Level
Enrol to vote in SAPDF 6 Explains why, how, and who can enrol to vote in South Australia. Easy
Three levels of government in SAPDF 6 Explains the three levels of government in South Australia. Easy
Make your vote count in SAPDF 6 Explains how to complete ballot papers at State elections. Easy
New citizens brochurePDF 6 Instructions for new citizens on the basics of voting in South Australia and how to contact the Electoral Commission SA. Easy
By-elections in SAPDF 6 Description of by-elections and instructions for how to vote at them. Easy
How to complete your ballot papersPDF 1 Single page instructions on how to complete ballot papers. Easy
Research your family historyPDF 2 Lists where to find historical resources that can help you investigate your family history.   Medium

Multimedia resources

State election information video

This short video provides information about enrolling and voting at State elections, presented in Auslan. Watch the video.

How your vote counts educational slideshow

An educational slideshow has been designed to explain the history of voting, the various voting methods and their advantages and disadvantages.

See the how your vote counts slideshow.

Fact sheets

Title Pages Description Level
1 - State elections glossaryPDF 6 Glossary of terms used at State elections. Medium
2 - State election timetablePDF 4 The order of events for State elections.  Medium
3 - State election vote countingPDF 6 Explains voting systems and vote counting methods used in South Australian State elections. Medium
4 - Representation and redistributionPDF 4 Explores the history of representation and redistribution in South Australia. The representation section explains how South Australian electors are represented by their members. The redistribution section explains how electoral districts are created. Medium
5 - Political parties in SAPDF 4 Gives a history of political parties in South Australia. It shows how political parties have developed and electoral laws have changed in response. Medium
6 - Parliament in SAPDF 4 Gives a history of parliament in South Australia. It covers the development of the parliamentary system, the construction of parliamentary buildings, and how South Australia's system has changed since its creation. Medium
7 - Extending the franchisePDF 2 Gives a history of enfranchisement in South Australia. It shows how electoral laws have developed since 1856 to allow more South Australians to vote. Medium
8 - Enrolment and votingPDF 4 Explains enrolment, voting, and your rights and responsibilities. Medium
9 - Electoral developmentPDF 6 Gives the development of the Electoral Act, which instructs South Australian elections. It shows the full history of the Act and Amendments since 1850 up to 2006. Medium
10 - Returning OfficerPDF 4 Information about the Returning Officers and their role in State elections. It compares how the position of Returning Officer has changed from 1857 to 2010. Medium
11 - The WritPDF 2 Explains the official document known as the Writ. This document is crucial to State elections because it outlines the timeframe for all of the key events. This fact sheet discusses how the Writ has changed since it was first issued in 1855. Medium
12 - SA's first fully elected ParliamentPDF 6 About the first fully-elected two-house parliament in 1857. This fact sheet details all of the laws passed and electoral processes that allowed the election to happen. Details on enrolment, voting, and results are included. Medium
13 - LegislationPDF 2 Contains a short history of electoral laws in South Australia. These laws provide the administrative framework for our elections. Medium
14 - State election results processPDF 2 Explains the process of releasing State election results. Medium
15 - 2010 State election overview and resultsPDF 4 Provides an overview of the number of candidates and electors for the 2010 election, a summary of 2010 results and swing-to-lose figures for each House of Assembly district. Lists Legislative Council members elected in 2010 and those whose term expires in 2014. Medium

Research publications

Title Pages Description Level
History of South Australian elections 1857-2006, volume 1PDF 363 This publication reports the results of the elections held for the South Australian parliament since it was inaugurated in 1857 to the 2006 general election. It is the first ever compilation of the results of all South Australian parliamentary elections and is a valuable resource for those interested in the electoral and political history of South Australia. Volume 1 presents results for the House of Assembly election results. Research
History of South Australian elections 1857-2006, volume 2PDF 313 This publication reports the results of the elections held for the South Australian parliament since it was inaugurated in 1857 to the 2006 general election. It is the first ever compilation of the results of all South Australian parliamentary elections and is a valuable resource for those interested in the electoral and political history of South Australia. Volume 2 presents results for the Legislative Council election results and a list of candidates for both houses. Research
Community access to the electoral processes in South Australia since 1850PDF 230 This detailed research report by Dr Dean Jaensch outlines the inaugural Acts in the 1850s that established the electoral structure and processes for representative government in South Australia. It traces the development within the legislature of access by the community to representative democratic and responsible government. Research
Analysis of informal ballot papers for Port Adelaide and Ramsay by-elections 2012PDF 14 This research series report analyses the level of informality and the categories of informality at the 2012 Port Adelaide and Ramsay by-elections. It provides a comparison with informality for these districts at the 2010 State election. Some of the factors which may impact on informality at the by-elections are also considered. Research
South Australian electoral boundary redistributions 1851-2016PDF 21 This Research Series publication outlines the establishment of South Australia's first electoral districts in 1851, variations in redistribution arrangements since that time, and the establishment of the Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission in 1975. It summarises boundary reviews and proposals between 1851 and 2016. Research
Returning Officers and their responsibilities 1851-2015PDF 38 A description of the historic and current role of Returning Officers, including the impact of early Returning Officers such as William Boothby, who was the Returning Officer for South Australia from 1855 to 1903 and was influential in establishing and progressively reforming the electoral framework. This Research Series report also lists those who served as Returning Officers in South Australia in the period 1855 to 2015.

Research

South Australian By-Elections 1851-2015PDF 21 This research series publication outlines the reasons for and timing of by-elections in both of South Australia's houses of parliament, as well as listing all by-elections from 1857-2015. It also describes the role of the Court of Disputed Returns and lists their decisions to date.

Research

Report on optional preferential voting 2003-2004PDF 14 This research series report was produced in response to a number of queries about the impact and incidence of optional preferential voting. It describes the full preferential voting system used for the South Australian House of Assembly elections, and compares this with other elections conducted by the State Electoral Office that involved a single vacancy and the option for electors to allocate preferences.  Research
South Australian referendaPDF 16 This Research Series publication outlines the process for enacting a South Australian referendum and analyses the 12 proposals that have been put to electors in the nine South Australian referenda conducted between 1896 and 1991. Research
History of Local Government electoral provisions in SAPDF 29 This research series report traces the development of an electoral framework for a representative Local Government structure. It considers the provisions in Local Government legislation passed by the South Australian Parliament from 1840-2003 that relate to Council boundaries, the franchise and the voters roll, and Local Government election processes. Research