Council elections coming up

TASMANIA’S biennial local government election process will begin with the publication of the Notice of  Election in daily newspapers this Saturday. Elections will be held for mayor and deputy mayor in each of Tasmania’s 29 municipal areas, as well as for about half the membership of each council.

Candidate nominations will close at noon on Monday, September 26, and voting by postal ballot will take place from October 11-25. An “Information for candidates” booklet can be requested from the Tasmanian Electoral Commission by calling 1800 801 701. Candidates are restricted to spending no more than $5000 on newspaper, radio and television advertising ($8000 if they are standing for both councillor and mayor or deputy mayor). This restriction took effect on August 11 and continues until the election.

Electors who have changed their postal or residential addresses should contact the Electoral Commission on 1800 801 701 so that their voting material can be sent to their correct address. Intending voters who are not on the electoral roll can call the same number, collect an enrolment form from any post office, or click here for more details. The rolls close at 6pm on September 15.

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