Huon Valley Council, Tasmania
Huon Valley Council, Tasmania

Local Government Election Information

Following amendments made to the Local Government Act 1993 in 2013 the next Council elections are due to be held in October 2014.

Council elections will be held every four years and at such time all elected Council members retire from their positions and nominations for the vacancies are declared open.

With respect to Huon Valley Council that has nine Councillors these will all be elected at the one time and the Mayor and Deputy Mayor are also elected for four year terms at each election.

Elections are usually held in October of each election year and voting is not compulsory.

The Chief Electoral Officer of the Tasmanian Electoral Commission is responsible for the supervision of Local Government elections.  This includes the production of ballot papers, approval of forms and procedures, the appointment of returning Officers, public awareness and statutory advertising of election dates, nomination periods, etc.

The person in charge of running an election is called the Returning Officer.  They are appointed by the Electoral Commissioner to administer matters concerning the election.

Voting System

Council elections are conducted by postal ballot.  All elections for Councillor positions are required to be conducted by using a multi-member proportional representation electoral system.  This is directly modelled on the Hare-Clarke system used for Tasmanian House of Assembly elections.

A feature of the Hare-Clarke electoral system is that vacant seats are filled by recount rather than by elections.

Under the postal ballot system there is a "polling period" of at least ten days (excluding any Saturday, Sunday or bank holiday), rather than a single polling day.

2014 Elections

Tasmanian Local Councils are due for election in October 2014. 

The election timetable is as follows:

  • Publication of notice of election - Saturday 13 September 2014
  • Electoral rolls close - 6pm Thursday 18 September 2014
  • Nominations close - 12 noon Monday 29 September 2014
  • Announcement of nominations - 12 noon Tuesday 30 September 2014
  • Polling period - Tuesday 14 - 10am Tuesday 28 October 2014
  • Counting and announcement of results - From Tuesday 28 October 2014

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