Due to the passing of a member of the Council, a supplementary election is necessary to fill the vacancy of Councillor for Somerton Ward.


Roll close 5 pm Tuesday 31 August 2021
Opening of nominations Thursday 23 September 2021
Nominations close 12 noon, Thursday 7 October 2021
Dispatch of ballot material to electors Tuesday 26 October 2021 to Monday 1 November 2021
Close of voting (Polling Day) 12 noon, Monday 15 November 2021
Scrutiny and count 9 am, Tuesday 16 November 2021

Close of roll

The voters roll for this supplementary election closed at 5 pm on Tuesday 31 August 2021.

Ballot paper draw

The draw for ballot paper order for the City of Holdfast Bay was live-streamed on YouTube from 4 pm, Thursday 7 October 2021.


At the close of nominations at 12 noon, Thursday 7 October 2021, a total of four nominations were received and accepted for the supplementary election. In accordance with the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999, a draw was held after the close of nominations to determine the order in which names of candidates would appear on the ballot paper and the result of the draw was as follows:

Profiles of each of these candidates are available by clicking their names above.

Mail out of voting material

Voting material will be mailed to electors between Tuesday 26 October 2021 and Monday 1 November 2021. To be counted, ballot papers must be completed and returned no later than 12 noon, Monday 15 November 2021.

Here are your options to make sure you get it back to us in time:

By post

If you choose to post it back please consider Australia Post delivery times. We recommend you post it immediately.

Drop it in the ballot box at Council

Rather than post it, you can drop your completed ballot envelope in the ballot box at the Brighton Civic Centre, George Street, 24 Jetty Road, Brighton, during office hours.

Scrutiny and count

The scrutiny and count of ballot papers will be held at Electoral Commission SA, Level 6, 60 Light Square, Adelaide commencing at 9 am, Tuesday 16 November 2021. 

Election results

The scrutiny and count of ballot papers will be conducted as soon as practicable after 9 am Tuesday 19 October 2021.

Provisional results will be announced following the conclusion of the count.


To appoint a scrutineer, you must complete the approved form, and hand it to the Deputy Returning Officer or Electoral Officer in charge of the proceedings at the scrutiny and count.

Note that:

  • a candidate may appoint one or more scrutineers, however only two may be present at the same time during the counting of votes
  • a candidate in an election for the council (including a candidate who has already been declared elected) is not eligible for appointment as a scrutineer.

LG14 Scrutineers Brochure (PDF 626 KB)
LG15 Scrutineer Authority Form (PDF 544 KB)
LG9 Legislative Framework relating to electoral material and illegal practices (PDF 250 KB)


LG20 Candidate Handbook (PDF 1.8 MB)