Other ways to vote

This page explains your options if you cannot vote at a polling place on election day for a State election. The following options are called declaration votes.

Declaration voting (postal voting)

To be eligible to apply to become a declaration voter at either a State or by-election you must meet one of the following criteria that prevent you from attending a polling place on election day:

  • Distance – will not be within 8 km from any polling place on election day
  • Travelling – away from your residential address on election day
  • Illness – sickness, infirmity or disability
  • Caring for others – caring for a person who is sick, infirm or disabled
  • Advanced pregnancy
  • Religion – unable to attend a polling place on election day due to religious beliefs
  • Working – working throughout the hours of election day

At each election you must reapply to become a declaration voter by completing a postal vote application form, which are available prior to an election.

Registered declaration voting

To apply to become a registered declaration voter you must meet one of the following criteria that prevent you from attending a polling place on election day:

  • Distance – enrolled at an address more than 20 km away from any polling place
  • Physical disability
  • Caring for others – caring for a person who is sick, infirm or disabled
  • Silent elector – address has been suppressed
  • Religion – unable to attend a polling place on election day due to religious beliefs

The Electoral Commission SA then maintains a register of declaration voters, and you will automatically receive your ballot papers in the mail for all State elections. You do not need to re-apply for future elections.

Application forms are available from the Australian Electoral Commision.

Electoral visitor teams

Electoral vistors will visit some declared institutions such as hospitals, nursing homes, aged care facilities and correctional institutions before the election to take declaration votes.

To apply for a visit for the 2018 State election contact the Electoral Commission SA in 2017.

Voting in remote areas - mobile polling booth

For State elections, some remote areas of South Australia will be visited by teams of electoral officers before election day.

The schedule will be advertised in newspapers and regional press in remote areas to be visited.

Publications

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