Your guide to local elections

The NSW local government elections are on their way, folks. Have you forgotten? Even after your mom tells you to set a reminder? It happens, we understand. If you don’t know how this process works and want to know where you will vote in NSW in the 2021 election, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s all you need to know.

What are the New South Wales local government elections?

If you are feeling rusty about this NSW voting event, maybe it is because the election has been postponed twice because of our former companion, COVID-19.

As the The NSW Elections website writes:

There are 128 local government councils in New South Wales. Each council represents an area of ​​local government. 124 councils will hold elections on Saturday, December 4, 2021 for the election of councilors. Some councils will also organize municipal elections, constitutional referendums and / or polls.

Voting is compulsory in all local NSW elections except municipal elections.

124 New South Wales councils will ask you to vote for a government councilor and 35 will also hold municipal elections.

These councils include: Ballina, Bellingen, Town of Broken Hill, Burwood, Byron, Canada Bay, Town of Cessnock, Town of Coffs Harbor, Dungog, Eurobodalla, Town of Fairfield, Town of Griffith, Hornsby, Hunter’s Hill, Kempsey, Town of Lake Macquarie, Town of Lismore, Town of Liverpool, Town of Maitland, Mosman, Nambucca Valley, Town of Newcastle, Town of Orange, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Port Stephens, Richmond Valley, Town of Shellharbour, Town of Shoalhaven, Singleton, City of Sydney, The Hills Shire, Uralla, City of Willoughby, Wollondilly and City of Wollongong.

The only tips that are not the holding of local elections on December 4 are Balranald, Central darling, Central coast and Wingecarribée. The Town of Fairfield and the Town of Penrith have also been listed as exceptions.

Other than the above, if you don’t vote you will be subject to a fine of $ 55.

How do I check if I am registered?

If you are unsure of your registration details, you can search to see what is listed on the Government of New South Wales website here.

You can also update your registration information through the New South Wales Election Commission. However, it should be noted that changes and new registrations to vote in the 2021 NSW local government elections closed on Monday 25 October 2021.

Where to vote?

To see where you should vote in the 2021 NSW local government elections you can go online and use the government address search.

Here you will find a map populated with blue and orange icons. The blue icons represent the places where you can vote early, and the orange icons are used to highlight the places where you can vote on Election DayDecember 4, 2021, between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

How do I vote early in the 2021 NSW local government elections?

A lot of people will wonder how to avoid the crowds and vote early here. As mentioned earlier, your address search will help you see locations to vote in advance.

This option is available since Monday 22 November and will continue until Friday, December 3, 2021.

Keep in mind that there is no postal voting option here.

Who are the candidates?

Well, it depends on your advice. You can check who put their hat on in the ring by search for your advice area here.

ABC introduced a number of diverse young Australians running for this election – sharing that there is a lot of interest in seeing big changes in social issues like climate justice, economic justice and justice social.

The names of the highlighted outlet are Jananie Janarthana, who is running for a seat in the town of Ryde for work, Karen Wright, who is posing as independent in the Bega Valley, HY William Chan, who is running for the town of Sydney with the Clover Moore Independent Team and Haris Strangas, who is running for a seat in the Sutherland Shire for the Liberals.

Am I going to have a democracy sausage at the end?

May be? It depends on where you are voting.

The Sydney Morning Herald shared a statement they received on this that reads like a giant ‘we’ll see’:

“We urge community groups who are considering sizzling sausage and cake stands to take a very careful approach this time around. Please check the advice of NSW Health and local school administrators before making any plans. “

So maybe make some snacks.

When will we know the results?

A full timeline is posted on the government elections website, which you can consult here. A progressive declaration of results has been entered for December 21 to 23, 2021.

And that’s about it ! Good vote, NSW friends.

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