Postal voting

It is now too late to apply for a postal vote for the 2019 Cheltenham and Enfield by-elections.
To be accepted, an application must have reached ECSA by 5pm Thursday 7 February.
If you have received a postal ballot please be aware that your completed postal ballot must reach ECSA no later than Saturday 16 February 2019.

Placing your completed postal ballot in a mailbox immediately before these deadlines
will likely mean they do not reach us in time. Please take into consideration postal delivery times
from your location and make sure you post your postal ballot well before 16 February.


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.

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.


Key Dates for Postal voting

9 January 2019 Postal vote applications available on this webpage
29 January 2019 Distribution of postal ballot packs commences to electors registered as declaration voters and electors who have had their postal vote applications accepted
7 February 2019 Last day for receipt of postal vote applications. Applications must be received by Electoral Commission SA by 5pm
16 February 2019 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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