Nominations open for council

The 2022 council elections will be held in November and it is now time to enrol to vote.

In South Australia, Local Government elections are held every four years to allow the community to choose who they wish to represent them on council.

To ensure you have the opportunity to vote, you must be enrolled on either the state (House of Assembly) electoral roll, or your council supplementary roll.

If you are already on the state electoral roll in your council area and vote in State Elections, you are automatically included on the council voters roll and will receive ballot papers through the post, however voting in council elections is open to a broader range of people through the supplementary roll.

A new council supplementary roll applies from January 1 in the year of an election.

Therefore, all landlords, organisations, business owners or occupiers, and resident non-Australian citizens must re-enrol every election year to be eligible to vote.

Mount Gambier City Council chief executive Sarah Philpott said while voting in council elections in South Australia was not compulsory, participating was one of the most direct ways you can make a difference in everyday life in your community.

“Do not miss your chance to make a difference – voting at your local council election is your opportunity to help make Mount Gambier a better place to live and I encourage all eligible people to enrol and cast their postal vote later this year to have a say in how their community is run,” Ms Philpott said.

Teenagers who are 17 can also provisionally enrol to vote and if they turn 18 on or before the close of voting on November 10, 2022, they will also be eligible to vote.

Enrolment for the 2022 council elections closes at 5pm on Friday, July 29.

Visit www.lga.sa.gov.au/council-elections/vote for more information about enrolment eligibility.

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