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Make your mark Are you having trouble filling out your ballot paper?  The Tasmanian Electorial Commission have provided some tips  here.

Councils have a significant impact on the lives of all Tasmanians, enabling the economic, social and cultural development of the community, supporting individuals and groups, and providing a wide range of services for the wellbeing of the community. 

The next Local Government elections will be held during October 2018.   

2018 Tasmania Local Government Elections Key Dates

Notice of Election:
Saturday 8 September

Electoral Rolls Close:
6pm Thursday 13 September

Nominations Close:
12 Noon Monday 24 September

Announcement of Nominations:
Announced 12 Noon Tuesday 25 September: CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF CANDIDATES BY LGA

Polling Period:
Ballot packs will arrive between 9-12 October with the ballot closing 10 am Tuesday 30 October

Counting and Announcement of results:
From Tuesday 30 October

The rules for elections are set out in the Local Government Act 1993 (Part 15).

1.        Enrolling to vote

Almost everyone over 18, living, owning or leasing property in a Council area can be eligible to vote. 

  • You can vote if you are on the State electoral role and are resident in the Council area (you don’t have to own a property).
  • You can vote if you own or manage property in the Council area but are not resident, but you need to complete an enrolment form for owners/occupiers or corporate bodes.

For more information visit the Tasmanian Electoral Commission website 

You must be enrolled by 6pm Thursday 13th September.  


2.        Voting

By voting you can help influence what sort of place your community will be.  It is about your future so vote for the representative(s) you want.  Talk to other people you know and encourage them to vote too.

Voting in Local Government elections is about voting for who decides about some key things that happen in your local community.  The people who get elected to the Council will help decide what happens locally – for now and into the future.  Each candidate standing for election to the Council is likely to have different views about what should happen in your community.  Find out what they are to help you work out who you want to vote for.

A short statement from each candidate will be posted to you with your postal voting papers and this year there will also be photos of candidates.  Contact candidates to talk to them about what they want for the area and why they want to be elected. You may decide that some candidates will be better at representing you and your views than others.

Don’t forget, a candidate can’t deliver anything in isolation.  Their vote is but one around the council table.  You need to think about who will not only be able to represent your views well, but also who can work collaboratively with council colleagues to get the best quality decision making.

To make sure you don’t accidentally cast an informal vote, you are best to number all candidates in order of preference.  Don’t forget those running for Mayor or Deputy Mayor also need to be elected as councillor so you are best to make sure your number 1 vote for Mayor/Deputy Mayor are ranked high in your preferences.

Voting in Local Government election in Tasmania is conducted by Postal Ballot.  You will receive a ballot pack containing:

  • Ballot papers
  • A booklet of candidate statements and voting instructions
  • A ballot paper envelope (which must be signed)
  • A reply paid envelope for returning your ballot paper.

The Hare-Clarke distribution of preferences is undertaken for all councillor elections.  For more information on Hare-Clark click here.

Polling is conducted by post from around 9th October closing 10am Tuesday 30th October. 

Because it now takes longer for post to be delivered, don’t wait until the last minute to post your ballot paper as it may not reach the Tasmanian Electoral Commission in time.  If you are worried you have left it to late you can drop your ballot envelope directly into your local council or the Tasmanian Electoral Commission.  Polls close at 10am on Tuesday 30th October but you are best to post your ballot no later than 23rd October.



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