Local councils do most of the work of running local elections. Our role is to:
- make sure each council has an up-to-date electoral roll in time for elections
- encourage people to enrol in time to vote.
If you’re enrolled, your local council will send you voting papers in the mail.
Voting when you’re on the unpublished roll
If you’re registered on the unpublished roll, you need to apply to the electoral officer at your local council to get your voting papers.
Voting from overseas
If you’re overseas, you can still take part in local elections. Just make sure you’re correctly enrolled with an overseas postal address to get your voting papers. You can’t download voting papers for a local election.
Voting when you own property in a council area but don’t live there
If you own property within a local council area, but usually live outside this area, you can apply to go on the ratepayer roll. You can then vote in the area where you pay rates, and the area where you live.
Apply to get on the ratepayer roll
To apply, contact the electoral officer for the local council area where you pay rates but do not live. The electoral officer will send you a form to complete, sign and return so they can check you’re eligible.