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How to Vote

Voting System
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Voting System

First Past The Post

Under the First Past the Post system, electors will indicate the candidate, or candidates, of their choice by placing a tick in the box opposite the names of the chosen persons, up to the number of vacancies to be filled.

The result of an election will be determined by counting the number of votes received by each candidate in the count. In cases where there is a single vacancy, the candidate with the most votes will be elected, while in cases where there is more than one vacancy, candidates will be elected in order according to the number of votes received by each.

See also, the Department’s Elections Bulletins.

Voting in Person or Postal Elections

Your local government may run its elections as Postal Elections or as Voting in Person Elections. Where a Voting in Person Election system is in place, you may apply for a postal vote, absent vote or an early vote if you are not able to go to a polling booth on Election Day.

Returning Officer

The elections conducted in each local government are under the control of a returning officer. The Local Government Act 1995 provides that the council’s Chief Executive Officer is the returning officer for every Voting in Person Election unless the local government decides to appoint another person to perform the function.

The Electoral Commissioner appoints returning officers for all Postal Elections, and for any Voting in Person Elections being conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission.

More Information

Contact your local government for more information on local government elections.

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