Postal voting

Applications for postal votes closed at 5pm on Thursday 15 March 2018. It is now too late to apply for a postal vote for the 2018 South Australian State Election.

Voting is compulsory for the State Election. 

If you have not yet voted you should vote at any polling place in South Australia on Saturday 17 March 2018: Interactive Map

Polling day for the 2018 State Election is Saturday 17 March. 

If you are unable to attend a polling booth on polling day between 8am and 6pm you may be eligible to apply for and cast a postal vote. 

Please note, at state elections only accepted postal applications allow electors to vote by post. Information about postal voting eligibility is available below.

In order to vote by post you need to complete a postal vote application. 

Where do I get a postal vote application?

There are three ways you can get an application:

Option 1: Download the application below and follow the steps (you will need access to a printer).

Option 2: Pick one up at Australia Post outlets.

Option 3: Phone us on 1300 655 232 and we will post or email an application to you.

Downloading an application

Please note the application must be hand signed so you will need to print it out.

Step 1: click on this link to download an application:

Postal vote application form

Step 2: fill it out on your computer (or by hand if you prefer once you’ve printed it).

Step 3: print the application and sign it.

Step 4: send the completed and signed application back to ECSA (see below).

Where do I send my completed application?

Once you have completed and signed your application you can either:

1. Scan it and email it back to ECSA at 


2. Post it back to ECSA at:

Electoral Commission of South Australia
Reply Paid GPO Box 666


3. Drop it off to us at Level 6, 60 Light Square, Adelaide or at any appointed overseas office.

Do I have to pay for postage?

If the address you’ve listed to receive your ballot papers is anywhere within Australia we will enclose a reply paid envelope for you to return your ballot papers. 

If the address you’ve listed to receive your ballot papers is outside of Australia, you are responsible for covering the cost of posting your ballot papers back to us.

Postal voting eligibility

South Australian legislation entitles you to cast a postal vote if, on polling day, 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) 

Postal voting for interstate and overseas electors

Enrolled electors who will be located interstate or overseas on polling day are entitled to apply for and cast a postal vote. Ballot packs can be posted to an overseas address free of charge, but please note that you are responsible for the return postage of your ballot papers.

If you request a postal ballot pack be sent interstate or overseas, please consider the key dates detailed below and make sure that you complete the ballot papers and declaration envelope prior to 6.00pm on polling day (South Australia time) and return it as quickly as possible. 

Postal ballots must be received by 24 March 2018, seven days after polling day. 

If you are interstate, you can use the reply paid envelope enclosed in your postal ballot pack to return your ballot papers. If you are overseas, arranging correct postage is your responsibility.  

Key Dates for Postal voting

5 February 2018 Postal vote applications available on this webpage
From 5 March 2018 Distribution of postal ballot packs commences to electors registered as declaration voters and electors who have had their postal vote applications accepted
15 March 2018 Last day for receipt of postal vote applications. Applications must be received by Electoral Commission SA by 5pm
24 March 2018 Deadline for receipt of postal ballots to Electoral Commission SA.

Registered declaration voting

Electoral Commission SA maintains a register of voters who are permanently prevented from attending a polling booth and meet certain criteria. These voters are called registered declaration voters for state elections and general postal voters for federal elections. 

Once registered, you do not need to re-apply for future elections.

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 polling day:

  • Distance – you are enrolled at an address more than 20 km away from any polling place
  • Illness – you are a patient at a hospital or nursing home and unable to travel to a polling place
  • Infirmity – you are unable to travel to a polling place due to being infirm or seriously ill at home
  • Caring for others – caring for a person who is seriously ill or infirm
  • Physical disability – you are unable to sign your name due to a physical incapacity
  • Religion – your religious beliefs or membership of a religious order prevent you from attending a polling place on polling day
  • Overseas – you are an elector who is registered as an overseas elector
  • Silent elector – you are an elector whose address has been suppressed

To become a registered declaration voter, you can:

Register online (external link)

This is an external link to the Australian Electoral Commission. For any questions about the register of declared voters, call 13 23 26.

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