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Voting in council elections is conducted by post. All election materials, including your ballot papers, are mailed directly to the postal address you provided on the electoral roll. The mailout of ballot packs occurs from Friday 14 October until Thursday 20 October 2022.

Postal ballot packs

Ballot pack contents and requesting a pack due to omission from the roll
  • a ballot paper for each election being contested in the council area for which you are entitled to vote (this may include area councillor, ward councillor or mayor)
  • a candidate profile brochure
  • a ballot paper envelope
  • a reply-paid envelope
  • a postal voting guide

Most electors receive one voting pack. However, people who have properties or entitlements for a different election may receive more than one pack. 

Ballot packs are mailed to your postal address from Friday 14 October to Thursday 20 October 2022. If you believe you have been omitted from the council voters roll due to an administrative error, you can request voting material by completing one of the forms below and emailing it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

City of Adelaide

Other councils

Re-issuing ballot packs

Requesting a replacement ballot pack if not received, destroyed, spoiled or incorrectly issued

Ballot packs are mailed to your postal address from Friday 14 October until Thursday 20 October 2022.

You can request a replacement ballot pack if the original material was:

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

Please complete the relevant form below and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

City of Adelaide

Other councils

Voting

How to complete your ballot papers

To make a formal vote, you must number at least as many boxes as there are vacancies, in the order of your choice. 

For example, in a ward with 2 vacancies and 5 candidates: You must use the numbers 1 and 2, in the order of your choice, to complete your ballot paper. If you wish, you may continue to number some or all of the other boxes (3, 4 or 5).

The number of vacancies and directions on how to complete your ballot are shown on the ballot paper.

Returning your ballot papers

Follow these steps after completing your ballot papers
  1. Place your folded ballot papers in the ballot paper envelope provided.
  2. Seal the ballot paper envelope.
  3. Ensure the relevant declaration is completed with your details and signed.
  4. Place your sealed ballot paper envelope in the reply-paid envelope and seal it.
  5. Mail the reply-paid envelope so that it reaches the returning officer before the close of voting.

If you do not get your envelope in the post on time, you can place it in the ballot box at your local council office before the close of voting at 5:00 pm on Thursday 10 November 2022.