Time running out to have your say

The majority of South Australia's eligible voters risk forfeiting their say in the upcoming Local Government elections, warns the Electoral Commission of SA.

Electoral Officials are alarmed by the low number of returned voting papers for the Local Government elections, with the postal voting deadline just days away.

"So far less than 25% of eligible voters have returned their ballot papers," South Australian Electoral Commissioner, Ms Kay Mousley, said.

"This is of deep concern to us with voting to close at 5pm Friday (November 7).

"Time is running out to have a say on what happens in your community.

"Based on our current tracking, we're headed for a voting rate of around 30% across the State, which is lower than previous elections."

A total of 1,121,931 ballot packs were sent out across the State in October in one of the largest mail-outs the Commission has undertaken. The voting packs contained ballot papers, how-to-vote instructions, a pre-paid return envelope and background material on local candidates.

"A lot of people will have voting packs still sitting on cupboards and benchtops in the kitchen," Ms Mousley said.

"For your vote to count, we must receive your completed voting papers before Friday's deadline."

A total of 1334 candidates have nominated for this year's Local Government elections. Of the 234 possible elections, 189 will be contested.









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