Ordinary elections for Councillors are held every four years, with the next election scheduled for September 2016. Councillors elect the Mayor and Deputy Mayor annually at the September Ordinary Meeting of Council.
Non-residential electoral roll
The electoral rolls for the 2016 election will close on 1 August. On this date, Lachlan Shire Council will provide details from the non-residential register to the NSW Electoral Commission. After this date, they will verify if each individual on the register is eligible for the non-residential electoral roll.
If you are eligible, your name and address will be added to the non-residential electoral roll and you will be required to vote at the next Lachlan Shire Local Government election.
Checking your name on the electoral roll
From early August, you should check if your name is on the non-residential electoral roll before election day to confirm if you are required to vote.
You can check the roll by checking online with the NSW Electoral Commission
Voting at the 2016 Local Government election
It is compulsory to vote at this election if your details are on the electoral roll. There is no absentee voting at Local Government elections, but you can apply for a postal vote or vote at a pre-poll location before election day.
See the NSW Electoral Commission’s election website or contact them on 1300 135 736 for more details.
Enrol to Vote
The Office of Local Government has prepared Candidate Information for Women Brochure and Candidate Information for Members of Diversity Groups Brochure which give an overview about standing for Council.
All local government candidates have obligations under the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Act 1981 (the Act). More information can be found at the Election Funding Authority website.
Playing By New Rules.
If you are a candidate, a political party, or, third-party campaigner participating in a Local Council election you need to understand the new rules.
In fact, it’s your legal obligation to follow them from 1 July 2016.
What are the new rules?
• Donation caps apply for Local Government elections
• Separate Local Government campaign accounts are now required
• Registration and regulations for third-party campaigners NSW Electoral Commission provides helpful advice to candidates, political parties and others.
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