2018 Council elections

In South Australia, council elections are held every four years for all 68 councils except the Municipal Council of Roxby Downs, which operates under its own administration.

Council elections allow voters the opportunity to choose who they wish to represent them on council.

  • More than 1.2 million people in South Australia are eligible to vote in the November 2018 council elections.
  • The Electoral Commissioner, as the Returning Officer, conducts all council elections.

The key dates and activities of significance include:

Roll Close s15(7)(a) 5pm Friday 10 August 2018
Nominations open s19(4) Tuesday 4 September 2018
Nominations close s23(a) 12 noon Tuesday 18 September 2018
Draw for position of candidate names on the ballot paper s29(3) 4pm Tuesday 18 September 2018
Mail out of voting material to electors s39(1) Monday 22 October to Friday 26 October 2018
Last day for postal issue/reissue of voting material s39(4)(a) & s43(4)(a) 5pm Wednesday 7 November 2018
Last day for personal issue/reissue of voting material s39(4)(b) & s43(4)(b) 5pm Friday 9 November 2018
Close of voting s5 5pm Friday 9 November 2018
Scrutiny and count s47(1)(b) 9am Saturday 10 November 2018

Enrolment

Follow the links for information about how to enrol for council elections, how to check your enrolment, how to change your details, and learn more about special enrolment circumstances.

Information for candidates

Visit the council candidates page for information about who is eligible to nominate for council and how to do so.

Voting in council elections

The voting in council elections page provided information to electors about postal voting packs, how to complete and return ballot papers.

Scrutiny and count

When voting closes at 5pm on Friday 9 November, the Electoral Commission SA will account for all returned ballot packs. The scrutiny and count begins on Saturday 10 November from 9am. Information about the process is available at our scrutiny and count page.

Results

The Electoral Commission SA will make available the progressive results during the count on Saturday 10 November, which will be published on the Local Government Association website. The final results are published on the Local Government Association website, and in newspapers across South Australia.


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