Voting in person

At state elections and by-elections, the majority of South Australians vote at polling booths open in their electoral district on polling day.

On polling day, all polling booths are open from 8am to 6pm.

You can vote at any polling booth in the state, however voting outside your electoral district may take longer because you will need to cast a declaration vote.

The following tools can help you find what electoral district you live in and/or your nearest polling booths at election time:

The Interactive Map allows you to find and explore the boundaries of your electoral district by searching your address, selecting your district manually, or clicking on Find my location. Closer to polling day, it also displays polling booth locations and allow you to view your nearest polling booths ordered by distance.

A few weeks before a state election or by-election every elector will receive an EasyVote Card in the post which lists the polling booths located in their electoral district.

Every polling booth has been assessed for wheelchair accessibility. All information about polling booths on this website, in the Interactive Map and on the EasyVote Card indicates whether a booth allows for full or assisted wheelchair access, or in a small number of cases, no wheelchair access at all.

Early voting

If you are unable to attend a polling booth on polling day, you may be entitled to vote early at an early voting centre. Please note, at state elections and by-elections only voters with a valid reason are entitled to vote early.

The locations of the early voting centres will also be displayed in the weeks before the election on the Interactive Map, allowing you to find and view your nearest centres ordered by distance.

Early voting centres are generally open for a fortnight prior to polling day. Check the ECSA website closer to the election for the exact dates and opening hours.

In order to vote early, you will need to provide one of the following valid reasons to show that you:

  • are more than 8 km from a polling booth
  • are travelling
  • are ill, infirm or disabled – preventing you from attending a polling booth
  • are caring for someone who is ill, infirm or disabled - preventing you from attending a polling booth
  • are due to give birth shortly
  • have religious beliefs preventing you from attending a polling booth
  • are working and unable to leave your workplace to vote
  • are a resident of a declared institution
  • are a resident of a prescribed institution (specifically, the Adelaide Remand Centre, Port Augusta Prison or Yatala Labour Farm)
  • have your address suppressed on the electoral roll (a silent elector)

Voting in hospital or a nursing home

ECSA recognises that some electors are unable to make it to a polling booth or early voting centre. To allow voters who are residents of hospitals, nursing homes and other similar institutions the opportunity to cast a vote in person at state elections and by-elections, ECSA sends teams of trained electoral visitors teams to visit a large number of institutions. For more information about which institutions we visit and when, check the ECSA website closer to polling day.

Patients and residents of these institutions may also apply for and cast a postal vote.

Remote voting

Our mobile polling teams offer voting services locations across remote and regional South Australia in the fortnight prior to polling day. ECSA provides a list of the locations, dates and times for remote voting on our website closer to the election, as well as in metropolitan and regional newspapers serving the areas to be visited.

Voters in remote South Australia can also apply for and cast a postal vote.

2019 Cheltenham and Enfield by-elections statistics

Saturday 9 February is polling day for the Cheltenham and Enfield by-elections.

Early voting opened on Tuesday 29 January. The postal vote application form was made available on Wednesday 9 January.

The following graphs show a range of statistics relating to early voting, postal voting and EasyVote Card use. These figures will be updated daily up to polling day.

 Total early votes so far : 3778




Please note the final deadline for postal ballots to be received by ECSA is Saturday 16 February. For more information visit our postal voting page.

How to complete your by-election ballot paper

 When voting at the by-election you will be given a green ballot paper to elect one member of the House of Assembly.

Take your ballot paper to a voting screen and mark your choices with the pencil provided.

Follow the instructions below to make your vote count.

House of Assembly Ballot Paper

On the green ballot paper, you need to number every square in the order of your choice.

  • Write the number 1 in the square next to the candidate who is your first choice
  • Write the number 2 next to your second choice
  • Continue by placing the numbers 3, 4, 5 and so on until you have a number in EVERY square. 
2018 HC

If you need assistance or make a mistake please see an electoral officer.

Why not have a try with our:

Online House of Assembly Practice Ballot Paper

Do you need to vote this Saturday 9 February?

On Saturday 9 February 2019 enrolled voters in the state electoral districts of Cheltenham and Enfield will vote to elect new members of parliament. Polling booths will be open from 8am to 6pm.

If you are an Australian citizen aged 18 or over and you are enrolled in one of these districts it is compulsory to vote. If you do not vote you may receive a fine.

To find out if you are enrolled in Cheltenham or Enfield:

1. Type your name and address into the ‘Check my enrolment’ tool:


2. Call us on 1300 655 232

If you are enrolled in Cheltenham or Enfield, visit our voting page to read about where, when and how to vote.


Non-Voter FAQs

Is enrolment compulsory?

Yes. You must enrol on the state electoral roll if you are:

  • 18 years and over,
  • an Australian citizen, or eligible British subject, and
  • have lived at your address for at least one month.

For more information, see sections 29 and 32 of the Electoral Act 1985 (external link).

I haven’t enrolled. Why am I on the electoral roll?

You are on the electoral roll because you have been enrolled through federal direct enrolment. Legislation was passed in 2012 enabling the Australian Electoral Commission to automatically enrol people through information received from other government agencies. For more information, please visit the Australian Electoral Commission (external link).

Is it compulsory to vote at a State election?

Yes, however you are only required to observe the formalities of voting (ie have your named marked off the roll and be issued with ballot papers). You are not required to mark the ballot papers. For more information, refer to section 85 of the Electoral Act 1985.

Why is the fine for not voting $70 when the Electoral Act 1985 states that the expiation fee is $10 and the maximum penalty is $50?

A Victims of Crime levy of $60 is included in the total amount payable under the expiation notice. Under section 32 of the Victims of Crime Act 2001 (external link), a Victims of Crime levy is imposed on all expiation notices issued. $50 is the maximum penalty the court could impose if you elected to be prosecuted for the offence. However, there are court fees and other costs involved in the court process, which is why most people choose to pay the fine. 

I was not living at my enrolled address at the time of the election. Do I still have to vote?

Yes, even if you were not living at your enrolled address, but still within South Australia, it is compulsory to vote. You do not have to go back to your previous district to vote, you can vote at any polling booth in South Australia.

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