Elections

The next major electoral event is the biennial local government ordinary election.

 Election day will be Saturday 19 October 2019, rolls for this election will close at 5.00pm Friday 30 August.

The Shire of Chapman Valley election will be conducted as a postal ballot.  The timetable is available on this site.

Postal Election Timetable

If passed, proposed changes to the Local Government Act 1995 presently before the State Parliament will make it mandatory for all candidates to have completed an online training course prior to nominating. Prospective candidates should remain alert to future announcements in this regard.

Councillors are elected for terms of four years in Western Australia. Elections are held every two years for half of the council, and candidates are elected using the first-past-the-post voting system. If a vacancy occurs within a term, an extraordinary election is held.

Postal elections are more convenient for many electors and typically result in a higher rate of voter participation than in person ballots.

If the number of candidates is equal to the number of vacancies, the candidate is elected unopposed. If there are more candidates than vacancies, the election will proceed.

For postal elections, all eligible electors will receive a postal voting package around three weeks prior to polling day. The package will include a list of candidates, ballot papers, instructions on how to vote and a declaration. To vote, follow the instructions included in the package.

The Returning Officer must receive your postal voting package before 6.00 pm on polling day. If you do not think that your postal voting package can be returned by post in time, you can deliver it by hand to a polling official.

For local governments conducting their own voting in person election prospective candidates should contact the local government directly.

While voting in a local government election is not compulsory in Western Australia, all electors are strongly encouraged to vote.

Information for electors

Electors who wish to nominate as a candidate in a local government election must complete a valid nomination application and present it to the Returning Officer before nominations close. Nominations for a local government election open 44 days before polling day and close at 4.00 pm, 37 days before polling day.

Election Enrolment Eligibility Information 

Information for candidates

For more information or to check your enrolment status click here