Participating in your local Council election is one of the most direct ways you can make a difference to everyday life in your community.
The next Council elections will take place in November 2018. Unlike State and Federal elections, all voting in Council elections is done by post. Enrolled voters will receive a voting package through the mail and return their votes in a reply paid envelope.
|2018 Council Elections timetable|
|Enrol to vote||Closed|
|Close of voters roll||Closed|
|Mail out of voting materials||Monday 22 – Friday 26 October 2018|
|Close of voting||Friday 9 November 2018 5:00 pm|
Yorke Peninsula Council Elections
The Yorke Peninsula Council is divided into 3 wards – Kalkabury, Gum Flat and Innes/Penton Vale and has 12 Council members, comprising the Mayor and 11 Councillors (4 from Innes/Penton Vale, 4 from Kalkabury and 3 from Gum Flat). The number of Councillors for each ward is determined by the population density.
A separate election is run for each of the 3 wards as well as the Mayoral position. The Mayor is elected by all voters in the Yorke Peninsula area and Councillors are elected by those with a voting entitlement within the relevant ward.
Voting in Council elections is open to a broader range of people than State and Federal elections, including non-Australian citizens, non-resident landlords and businesses.
Enrol by Friday 10 August 2018.
Becoming a Councillor is one of the most direct ways that you can influence decisions that affect the quality of life in your local area.
Nominate for Council from Tuesday 4 September 2018 until 12 noon Tuesday 18 September 2018.
Get involved and make a difference to everyday life in your community. Councils have far greater influence on communities than most people appreciate.
Return your postal vote by 5pm Friday 9 November 2018.
The rules for Council elections are set out in the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999 – an act of the South Australian Government. You can view the Act here.
In accordance with the above Act, Council will enter a statutory Caretaker Period from the close of nominations on 18 September 2018 at 12 noon until the results have been declared at the conclusion of the elections. During this period all current Elected Members and Council staff must comply with Council’s Caretaker Policy which restricts Council from making certain decisions, governs the additional conduct requirements of the Council and its staff and ensures impartiality in relation to all candidates during this period. You can view the Caretaker Policy here.
Once voting has closed at 5pm on Friday 9 November 2018, The Electoral Commission SA will account for all returned ballot packs. The scrutiny and count will begin on Saturday 10 November 2018 from 9am with progressive results being made available on the Local Government Association website. The final results will also be published on the Local Government Association website as well as in newspapers across South Australia.
- Local Government Association website
- Electoral Commission of SA – 2018 Council elections
- Local Government (Elections) Act 1999
For further information please contact one of our Electoral Officers on 8832 0000.
Disclaimer/statement on third party postings regarding Council Elections
Please note that third party electoral material posted on this website or the Yorke Peninsula Council Facebook page will be removed as soon as it is identified and we are able to remove it. Users publishing electoral material should consider the following requirements of the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999 (the Act) particularly Sections 27 & 28.
- Truth in elections? Section 28 of the Act has a maximum $5,000 penalty for inaccurate and misleading presentation of a fact.
- Are you publishing council election material online? Are you authorising under S27 of the Act? The fine for unauthorised material can be up to $2,500.
Please note that where this site, or social media linked from it, incorporates statements made by third parties, the Council has not assessed their accuracy, does not take responsibility for them and cannot attest to the accuracy of any statement.
Authorised by Andrew Cameron, CEO, Yorke Peninsula Council, Elizabeth Street Maitland SA