Local Government Elections

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The 2021 Local Government Elections will be held on 4 September 2021; further details are available on the Electoral Commissions website.

Covid-safe Voting

As you are aware, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minister for Local Government postponed the 2020 ordinary elections for 12 months. The NSW Electoral Commission is planning delivery of the 2021 NSW Local Government election so that voters, political participants and election staff remain as safe as possible.

Learning from the experiences of other electoral commissions in recent elections around Australia and in New Zealand, the NSW Electoral Commission is undertaking a review of every election task from a COVID-safe perspective. Public health orders and circumstances are changing as the pandemic evolves, so it is essential to plan ahead for a range of possible scenarios. The NSW Electoral Commission will continue to closely monitor public health orders and advice and make changes to plans as necessary. 

How this will affect councils, parties, candidates and electors will be determined over the coming months. We will keep you up to date with information through future bulletins as circumstances change.

Non-residential electoral rolls

Whether electors who aren’t on the residential rolls of local government areas are able to vote or not is often a source of confusion. If eligible, certain electors who do not live in your Local Government area can be included on the non-residential roll and have the right to vote at your council’s elections.

If you have any questions about the non-residential rolls, don’t hesitate to contact us at NRR.Rolls@elections.nsw.gov.au.