Voting in State elections

The State election will be on 17 March 2018. This page will explain the options of how to vote on election day at a polling place in South Australia.

Voting on polling day - in your electoral district

Outside the polling place
When you go to a polling place you may be approached by party supporters handing out how-to-vote cards. How-to-vote cards indicate the voting preference that each candidate supports and can assist you to complete your ballot paper.

How-to-vote cards are not produced by the Electoral Commission SA. You do not have to use a how-to-vote card.

We have a page explaining how-to-vote cards.

Inside the polling place
You will see tables where electoral officers are sitting and giving ballot papers to voters.

Approach the table and an electoral officer will:

  1. Ask for your full name, address, and whether you have already voted at this election. To make voting easier show them your EasyVote card.
  2. Mark your name on the electoral roll.
  3. Give you two ballot papers.
  4. Direct you to a private voting screen.

Completing your ballot papers
Enter a private voting screen to fill out your ballot papers. Pencils are provided in the voting screen. You can use your own pen or pencil if you choose.

We have a page explaining how to complete your ballot papers.

Please ask an electoral officer if you need assistance completing your ballot papers.

If you make a mistake on any of the ballot papers, ask an electoral officer for help.

Returning your ballot papers
After completing your ballot papers you must put the white ballot paper in the Legislative Council ballot box and the green ballot paper in the House of Assembly ballot box.

You have voted at the State election and can leave the polling place.

Voting on polling day - outside your electoral district

For State elections, you can vote at any polling place in South Australia, even if it is outside your electoral district. However you will need to cast a declaration vote (absent vote).


  • Download document Three levels of government in SA
  • Download document Vote counting methods
More Documents