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Councils are part of the democratic framework of Australia. The community elects their Council Members every four years.
The next Council Elections will be held in November 2014.
The rules for elections are set out in the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999 - an act of the South Australian Parliament - to view the Act, click here. (www.parliament.sa.gov.au)
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Almost everyone over 18 living, owning or leasing property in a Council area can be eligible to vote.
You must be enrolled on the Council voters roll to be able to vote. You are eligible to vote if you are:
How do I get on the Council Voters Roll?
You will automatically appear on the Council voters roll, and receive a postal ballot pack if you are:
If you need to enrol or change your address you must do so by 8 August 2014 to be eligible to vote in November. Fill out an enrolment or change of address form at any Post Office or Electoral Office or visit the Electoral Commision SA website to download a form.(eg search 'change address').
Organisations, business owners or occupiers
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Nominating to become a member of Council is an important decision. In doing so candidates put their name and credibility on the line with local voters in a Council election.
Performing in this role will most likely involve working long hours and on occasions, being required to deal with pressures generated by the community in regard to issues of concern to them.
However, there is also the personal satisfaction that you will gain from playing an important part in developing a better community for the future.
Being a Council Member can be demanding and requires dealing with complicated matters. Although you can be sure that other Council Members and the staff will help, new Council Members need to be prepared to learn a lot, very fast. Nevertheless, it is a rewarding role and well worth considering.
To assist prospective candidates to consider what is needed to prepare for becoming a Council Member the Local Government Association has prepared a document titled "So you want to be on Council".
Who can nominate for a position on council
A person must be on the Council voters roll to be eligible to stand as a candidate in Local Government elections. Anyone can stand for election as a Council Member, either Mayor or Councillor, if they are:
a) an Australian citizen; or have been a member of a Council at any time between 5 May 1997 and 1 January 2000; and are
b) an elector for the area; or
a nominee who is an officer of a body corporate which has its name on the voters roll for the area; or
a nominee of a group which has its name on the voters roll for the area (either a member of the group or an officer of a body corporate that is a member of the group).
People are ineligible if they:
If you have any doubts as to whether you are eligible you should contact the Returning Officer Jade Bruss for the Council election on 7424 7429.
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By voting, you can help to influence what sort of place your community will be. It is about your future so vote for the representative(s) you want. Talk to other people you know and encourage them to vote too
Voting in Local Government Council elections is about voting for who decides about some key things that happen in your local community. The people who get elected to the Council will help to decide what happens locally – for now and into the future. Each candidate standing for election to the Council is likely to have different views about what should happen in your local community, find out what they are to help you work out who you want to vote for.
A profile of each candidate will be posted to you with your postal voting papers. You can also contact the candidates and talk to them about what they want for the area and why they want to be elected. You may decide that some candidates will be better at representing you than others.
When and How to Vote in a Council Election?
Voting in Council Elections is all conducted by Postal Ballot
A kit of information which contains ballot papers and how to vote instructions is distributed by post to all registered voters.
These ballot papers must then be completed and returned to the Returning Officer by a specified date.
Who Can Vote
To be eligible to vote in the Council elections you must be registered on the Councils voters roll by 8 August 2014.
Residents (including tenants) over the age of 18 who are on the State electoral roll and residents, property owners or occupiers who pay Council rates need to ensure they are enrolled on the Council's voters roll. (see Enrolling to vote on this website for more information).
How the Elections Work
All Local Government elections are conducted using the counting system known as proportional representation. In summary, a candidate is elected when a quota or predetermined proportion of the total number of formal ballot papers cast is obtained.
To experience visually how this and other voting systems work visit the Electoral Commission of SA's excellent website visit the Electoral Commission SA website (search'How Your Vote Counts').
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If you have any questions please contact the Berri Barmera Council, 19 Wilson Street, Berri
Telephone 08 8582 1922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Election Material for the 2014 Council Elections and Candiate information is available on the following websites:
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November 2010 Council Election - Results are available here
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All material on this website is authorised by David Beaton, Berri Barmera Council, 19 Wilson Street, Berri SA 5343