General Managers Roll

INFORMATION FOR VOTERS AT LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

 

Am I eligible to vote in Tasmanian local government elections?

You are eligible to vote if you are:

  • an owner or occupier of land in the electoral area; and
  • over the age of 18 years; and
  • not serving a term of imprisonment; and
  • not subject to an assessment order under the Mental Health Act 2013 or an order under the Guardianship and Administration Act 1995.

 

Do I have to enrol?

If you are on the House of Assembly electoral roll in respect of an address within the electoral area in which you wish to cast your vote at a Council election, you are automatically enrolled.

If you are not on the House of Assembly electoral roll in respect of an address which is within the electoral area in which you wish to cast your vote at a Council election, you must fill out a Local Government Electoral Enrolment form in order to be eligible to vote.

The eligibility criteria listed above will apply.

A person who is resident in one municipal area and is also an owner or occupier of land in one or more other municipal areas, is entitled to enrol and vote in respect of each of those municipal areas in respect of which the person is on a list of electors kept by the General Manager.

 

Do I have to vote?

No. Voting at council elections is not compulsory.

 

What happens when I send in my enrolment form?

Provided you have met the eligibility requirements, your name will be placed on the electoral roll for the relevant municipal area.  At the appropriate time, a postal vote ballot paper will be sent to you.

 

Will all information appear on the electoral roll?

No. Only your name and address will appear on the electoral roll.

Electoral rolls are made available for public inspection and may be provided to –

  • the Tasmanian Electoral Commission and contractors for the purpose of conducting council elections; and
  • candidates in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993.

 

Where can I get more information?

You can get more information from your local Council, or the Tasmanian Electoral Commission.

You can find the addresses and phone numbers in your local phone book.

 

Voting by corporate bodies

A corporate body which owns or occupies any land in a municipal area is entitled to nominate one person in any municipal area to vote on its behalf at an election in that municipal area.

Nominations to vote must be done by completing this approved form, signed by the nominated person, and lodged with the general manager.

The general manager may accept the nomination, or reject the nomination if satisfied that the corporate body is not the owner or occupier of land.

The general manager may reject the nomination if satisfied that the nominated person -

  • is not over the age of 18; or
  • is serving a term of imprisonment; or
  • is subject to an order under the Mental Health Act 2013 or an order under the Guardianship and Administration Act 1995.

 

If a nomination in an approved form has not been made, the corporate body is not entitled to vote at an election held in the relevant municipal area.

A nomination has effect until a fresh nomination is made by the corporate body, or it appears to the general manager that -

  • there has been a change in the ownership or occupation of the land in respect of which the entitlement to vote arises; or
  • the nominated person is no longer entitled to be nominated; or
  • the nomination has been revoked.

 

A corporate body may nominate only one person to vote on its behalf at an election in a municipal area regardless of whether it owns or occupies land in several locations in that municipal area.

 

Maximum number of votes

An elector, in an election in respect of one municipal area, has no more than 2 votes, of which -

  • only one vote is in his or her own right; and
  • only one vote is on behalf of a corporate body.