2018 Council elections

Voting for the 2018 Council elections closed at 5pm, Friday 9 November 2018.

Counting of the ballots will commence at 9am, Saturday 10 November 2018.

Electoral Commission SA will publish progressive results on our 2018 Council elections results page from the afternoon of Saturday 10 November 2018.

To view the daily return rates of ballot papers for the period 29 October to 9 November 2018, visit our Daily Returns page.

More information about the Council elections is available below:

The key dates and activities of significance include:

Roll Close s15(7)(a) 5pm Friday 10 August 2018
Nominations open s19(4) Tuesday 4 September 2018
Nominations close s23(a) 12 noon Tuesday 18 September 2018
Draw for position of candidate names on the ballot paper s29(3) 4pm Tuesday 18 September 2018
Mail out of voting material to electors s39(1) Monday 22 October to Friday 26 October 2018
Last day for postal issue/reissue of voting material s39(4)(a) & s43(4)(a) 5pm Wednesday 7 November 2018
Last day for personal issue/reissue of voting material s39(4)(b) & s43(4)(b) 5pm Friday 9 November 2018
Close of voting s5 5pm Friday 9 November 2018
Scrutiny and count s47(1)(b) 9am Saturday 10 November 2018

How do I complete my ballot papers?

For instructions on how to complete your ballot papers please read the instructions on the top of the ballot papers, or refer to the Postal Voting Guide (PDF 2.60 MB) 

General information is available about voting packs and voting

Easy English information is also available in the Council Elections Easy Read Booklet (2.21 MB) 

I didn't receive a voting pack – how do I request a re-issue?

Updated 6 November 2018 - If you need a re-issue of your ballot papers you should attend your local council to request new ballot papers. To ensure your ballots are counted place your completed ballot envelope in the ballot box provided at the council.

Voting packs can be re-issued to electors who claim that the original material was:

  • not received,
  • destroyed or lost,
  • spoiled, or
  • issued for an incorrect ward.


The electoral roll for the 2018 South Australian Council elections closed on 10 August 2018.
Your voting pack will be sent to your enrolled address as at 10 August 2018.
To check your enrolment details, visit: Check your enrolment
If you are not enrolled, you should enrol now to vote at future federal, state and local government elections
Read about enrolling for Council elections.

Information for candidates

Visit the 2018 Council candidates resources page for eligiblity, nominations, forms and guides.

Council elections accessible resources 

The Council elections accessible resources page provides information for vision impaired electors such as large print and audio letters, and an Auslan video for hearing impaired impaired electors.  You can also access interpreter services and information in languages other than English.

Scrutiny and count

When voting closes at 5pm on Friday 9 November, the Electoral Commission SA will account for all returned ballot packs. The scrutiny and count begins on Saturday 10 November from 9am. Information about the process is available at our scrutiny and count page.


Electoral Commission SA will publish progressive results on our 2018 Council elections results page from the afternoon of Saturday 10 November.

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