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Council Elections

Council election was held in November 2014. Newly elected members successful in the City of Adelaide local government election were officially sworn in at an Investiture Ceremony, held in the Council Chambers on 18 November 2014.


Due to the resignation of Councillor Robert Simms in September 2015, Council held a supplementary election to fill the Area Councillor vacancy.    Ms Sandy Verschoor was elected to the Area Councillor position as a result of this election.

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VIDEO: Adelaide City Council Elections: Why I am voting this November?

Voting in Council elections is a little bit different to what you might be used to with state and federal elections. The council elections is voluntary. It is however an  important chance to make your voice heard as its your opportunity influence the future of your local community and help shape the leadership of our City.

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Dates for Supplementary Election 2015

Whether you’re enrolling, voting or nominating as a candidate, here are all the important days and dates to keep in mind.

Close of rolls

Closed

5pm, Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Nominations to stand as a candidate

Closed

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Nominations close

Closed

12 noon, Thursday, November 5, 2015 

Ballot Packs mailed out

Complete

Tuesday, November 17 to Monday, November 23, 2015

Close of voting

Closed

12 noon, Monday, December 7, 2015

Vote count

Closed

Monday, December 7, 2015

For Voters

Local Government elections provide an important opportunity for the community to make their mark on what happens in their area – whether it’s simply voting to elect representatives or even running themselves.

There will be an Adelaide City Council Supplementary Election in 2015, and to be able to vote and make an impact you have to make sure you are eligible and registered.
Voting in Council elections is a little bit different to what you might be used to with state and federal elections.

Voting in council elections is optional – you have the option to influence the future of your local community and help shape the leadership and future of our City.

It’s an important chance to make your voice heard, but you won’t get into any trouble if you forget to send your voting slip back.
And that brings us to the second major difference in voting: how you get your vote in.

Voting in Council elections is conducted by postal ballot, meaning once you have your forms all you need to do is fill them out and post them back – no tedious lines or set days, in fact there are three weeks for you to vote.

For Adelaide City Council voters, voting papers can be posted back in the supplied reply paid envelope or placed in the ballot box at Adelaide City Council, 25 Pirie Street, Adelaide, with polls opening Tuesday, November 17 and closing at 12pm Monday, December 7, 2015.

When it comes to how you fill out your form that’s a bit different to what you might be used to as well.

As this is a supplementary election, there is just one election to fill one Area Councillor vacancy.

Being an Area Councillor position, it means that every elector for the City of Adelaide will receive a voting pack, and will need to mark at least one preference on the ballot paper.

When you post it back the declaration must be completed and signed by the eligible voter, and remain on the envelope for the vote to be counted: voters should not remove this.

An individual can only vote once in each election, which is something to keep in mind if you own a business or multiple properties within the City of Adelaide area.

In the instance that you qualify as both a resident and a business owner in the City of Adelaide you should use the resident ballot, as someone else involved in the management of the business can exercise that vote on the business’ behalf.

For individuals it’s important to make sure this is signed by the person whose name appears on the ballot pack, for a body corporate it must be an officer of the body corporate, and for a group it must be a member of that group or an officer of a body corporate that is a member of the group.

An officer of a body corporate means a director, manager, secretary or public officer of the body corporate and includes any other person who takes part in the management of the affairs of the body corporate.

Ballot papers will be delivered to the enrolled address during November 2015. If you do not receive your ballot papers by the end of November 2015, please contact the Electoral Commission on 1300 655 232 to arrange for ballot papers to be re-issued. In the last week of voting ballot papers can be re-issued in person at Adelaide City Council, 25 Pirie Street, Adelaide.

Election Liaison Officers

For nominations, candidate info, general enquires contact:
Elections Co-ordinator, Adelaide City Council, 8203 7459

For voters roll/voting eligibility contact:
Voters Roll Liaison, Adelaide City Council, 8203 7242

Other useful contacts

For general elections enquiries contact:
Electoral Commission SA
Phone: 1300 655 232

Useful Links

Local Government Association

Office for State/Local Government Relations (State Government body)

Electoral Commission of South Australia

Application for Electoral Enrolment (Australian Electoral Commission)

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