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Voting in Council Elections

Voting in Council Elections

Voting in Council Elections

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

Voting in Local Government Council 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 to 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 local community, find out what they are to help you work out who you want to vote for.

A profile of each candidate will be posted to you with your postal voting papers. You can also contact the candidates and 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 than others.

When and How to Vote in a Council Election?

Voting in Council Elections is all done by Postal Ballot.

If you are on the state (House of Assembly) electoral roll or have completed a enrolment to join the supplementary roll, you will automatically receive a voting pack in the mail.

The ballot paper in your voting pack will show the candidates standing for election in your council ward. To find out more about each of the candidates and what they stand for go to the  council elections candidates website , then complete your ballot paper and return it in the reply paid envelope.

Who can vote

To be eligible to vote in the Council elections you must be registered on the Councils voters roll.

Residents (including tenants) over the age of 18 who are on the State electoral roll and residents, property owners or occupiers who pay Council rates need to ensure they are enrolled on the Council's voters roll (see enrolling to vote page for more information).

How the elections work

All local government elections are conducted using the counting system known as proportional representation. In summary, a candidate is elected when a quota or predetermined proportion of the total number of formal ballot papers cast is obtained.

To experience visually how this and other voting systems work visit the Electoral Commission of SA's excellent website and go to the section marked "How Your Vote Counts".

Get involved and make a difference. Local democracy is an important feature of life in Australia, and councils have a far greater influence on communities than most people appreciate.

Make a difference by participating in your council election.

If you have any general queries regarding the Council Elections please contact the Council on (08) 8828 1200 or email

Click the following links to access further election information.

General InformationEnrolling to VoteNominating to Stand for CouncilVoting in Council Elections

All material on this webpage is authorised by Russell Peate, Chief Executive Officer, Copper Coast Council, 51 Taylor Street, Kadina SA 5554.