With 2021 Local Government Elections being held on Saturday December 4, it's timely to share some advice from the NSW Electoral Commission in regard to early voting, how-to-vote cards and other electoral material on election day.
Recent changes to the Local Government (General) Regulation 2021 have been introduced for the 2021 Local Government elections only, allowing all electors to vote early during the pre-poll voting period.
Pre-poll voting will be available from November 22 to December 3.
Pre-poll voting days and hours vary between locations.
Pre-poll locations are subject to change, for up-to-date early voting information visit the NSW Electoral Commission website www.elections.nsw.gov.au
Apply to vote via iVote
Applications for iVote opened on Monday, November 22 and close at 1pm, Saturday December 4.
Voting is open from Monday, November 22 until 6pm, Saturday, December 4, 2021.
For more details and to register, visit: www.ivote.nsw.gov.au
Restrictions on election material
Restrictions on the handing out of electoral material outside voting centres: To reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection to electors, election officials and candidate/registered political party workers, the Electoral Commissioner has determined the following:
- No electoral material is to be handed out or to be left in a location that electoral material may be collected by electors within 100 metres of a polling place or a pre-polling venue; and
- Posters can be displayed from 6 metres of the entrance to a polling place or pre-poll venue, provided they are fixed in place between the hours of 7pm and 7am. The display of the poster is not to be adjusted or altered in any way between the hours of 7am to 7pm.
Candidates and registered political parties should ensure electoral material (how to vote cards) are registered with the Electoral Commissioner for approval to distribute on election day.
For further important information, visit: www.elections.nsw.gov.au
Dubbo Regional Council is currently in the regulated period of the NSW Local Government Elections.
Effective from November 5, 2021, Dubbo Regional Council, and all other NSW Local Government Councils will enter the caretaker period.
For further information, please visit: www.elections.nsw.gov.au.
The mayor's column will continue to operate as a means of keeping the community updated on important corporate and operational business of council during this period.