NSW Local Government elections postponed
Published on 26 July 2021
Local government elections in NSW have been postponed until 4 December 2021.
The decision was made following extensive consultation with and on advice from the NSW Electoral Commission and NSW Health regarding the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
In an effort to ensure the elections are not postponed again, the Electoral Commission NSW Government and NSW Health are working to implement a comprehensive plan to allow voters to cast their ballot safely in December. This means iVote (electronic voting) will be available for the first time in local council elections.
The NSW Government has also implemented changes to pre-polling so voters have 13 days to cast their ballot, reducing congestion on polling day.
Current Councillors will continue to hold their positions until the December election. The next round of ordinary local government elections will still proceed in September 2024.
25 Oct 2021 Close of electoral rolls (6pm)
03 Nov 2021 Close of candidate nominations (12pm)
05 Nov 2021 Caretaker period commences
22 Nov 2021 Pre-poll voting opens
26 Nov 2021 Registration of electoral material closes (5pm)
27 Nov 2021 Declared institution voting commences
29 Nov 2021 Postal vote applications close (5pm)
03 Dec 2021 Declared institution voting & Pre-poll voting closes (6pm)
04 Dec 2021 Election day (8am-6pm)
17 Dec 2021 Return of postal votes closes (6pm)
21 – 23 Dec 2021 Results declared progressively as counts are finalised by election manager