Early voting

If you are unable to attend a polling place on Election Day, you may be eligible to vote early via Pre-poll or Postal Vote.


To see which councils are having elections, check Is my council having an election?

Not all councils are holding elections on Saturday, 9 September 2017.

To be certain where you are enrolled, you should verify your enrolled address.

Voting is compulsory for all people enrolled in areas where elections are being held and fines apply for not voting, so it is important that you know if you need to vote.

There is no absent voting at local council elections.

At pre-poll voting an elector can only vote at a pre-poll centre located within the council area in which they are enrolled.

On Election Day an elector can only vote at a polling place located within the council area, or ward, in which they are enrolled.

Going to be overseas or interstate?

If you will be overseas or interstate on Election Day, you should apply for a postal vote, or attend a pre-poll voting centre before you leave. Voting is not possible at any overseas embassies or interstate offices.

Depending on your date of departure, you can choose for postal voting packs to be sent to your home address, or any address you nominate within Australia or overseas.

Absent voting

There is no absent voting at local council elections.

At pre-poll voting an elector can only vote at a pre-poll centre located within the council area in which they are enrolled.

On Election Day an elector can only vote at a polling place located within the council area, or ward, in which they are enrolled.

Online and telephone voting (iVote®)

Legislation does not currently allow for online or telephone voting to be used at NSW council elections. Therefore, iVote® is not in place for this election.

Anyone who is unable to vote at a polling place on Election Day should apply for a postal vote, or attend a pre-poll voting centre.

Eligibility for Early Voting

You can vote before Election Day as a pre-poll or postal voter if you:

  • will not be in your ward or council area on Election Day
  • will be more than 8km from a polling place in your ward or council area on Election Day
  • will be travelling which prevents you from attending a polling place on Election Day
  • have serious illness or condition that prevents you from attending a polling place on Election Day
  • are approaching maternity
  • have religious membership or beliefs that prevent you from attending a polling place on Election Day
  • are residing in a correctional centre and are precluded from attending any polling place to vote [Postal Voting only]
  • are caring for a person outside of a hospital setting who is seriously ill, which prevents you from attending a polling place on Election Day
  • will be working on Election Day
  • are a silent elector
  • are a person with a disability
  • believe that attending a polling place on Election Day will place your personal safety, or that of your family members, at risk.

There are a number of services available if you require voting assistance at a pre-poll venue