Voting on polling day

At state elections and by-elections, the majority of South Australians vote at polling booths open in their electoral district on polling day.

On polling day, all polling booths are open from 8am to 6pm.

You can vote at any polling booth in the state, however voting outside your electoral district may take longer because you will need to cast a declaration vote.

The following tools can help you find what electoral district you live in and/or your nearest polling booths at election time:

The Interactive Map allows you to find and explore the boundaries of your electoral district by searching your address, selecting your district manually, or clicking on Find my location. Closer to polling day, it also displays polling booth locations and allow you to view your nearest polling booths ordered by distance.

A few weeks before a state election or by-election every elector will receive an EasyVote Card in the post which lists the polling booths located in their electoral district.

Every polling booth has been assessed for wheelchair accessibility. All information about polling booths on this website, in the Interactive Map and on the EasyVote Card indicates whether a booth allows for full or assisted wheelchair access, or in a small number of cases, no wheelchair access at all.

Early voting

If you are unable to attend a polling booth on polling day, you may be entitled to vote early at an early voting centre. Please note, at state elections and by—elections only voters with a valid reason are entitled to vote early.

The locations of the early voting centres will also be displayed in the weeks before the election on the Interactive Map, allowing you to find and view your nearest centres ordered by distance.

Early voting centres are generally open for a fortnight prior to polling day. Check the ECSA website closer to the election for the exact dates and opening hours.

In order to vote early, you will need to provide one of the following valid reasons to show that you:

  • are more than 8 km from a polling booth
  • are travelling
  • are ill, infirm or disabled – preventing you from attending a polling booth
  • are caring for someone who is ill, infirm or disabled - preventing you from attending a polling booth
  • are due to give birth shortly
  • have religious beliefs preventing you from attending a polling booth
  • are working and unable to leave your workplace to vote
  • are a resident of a declared institution
  • are a resident of a prescribed institution (specifically, the Adelaide Remand Centre, Port Augusta Prison or Yatala Labour Farm)
  • have your address suppressed on the electoral roll (a silent elector)

Voting in hospital or a nursing home

ECSA recognises that some electors are unable to make it to a polling booth or early voting centre. To allow voters who are residents of hospitals, nursing homes and other similar institutions the opportunity to cast a vote in person at state elections and by-elections, ECSA sends teams of trained electoral visitors teams to visit a large number of institutions. For more information about which institutions we visit and when, check the ECSA website closer to polling day.

Patients and residents of these institutions may also apply for and cast a postal vote.

Remote voting

Our mobile polling teams offer voting services locations across remote and regional South Australia in the fortnight prior to polling day. ECSA provides a list of the locations, dates and times for remote voting on our website closer to the election, as well as in metropolitan and regional newspapers serving the areas to be visited.

Voters in remote South Australia can also apply for and cast a postal vote.