Postal voting information


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.

When will postal packs be distributed?

Postal vote packs will be sent out to accepted applicants and general postal voters from 21 August 2017

When does the application have to be submitted?

Application for postal vote must be received by the NSW Electoral Commission no later than 5:00pm on Monday 4 September 2017

What if I am a general postal voter?

If you are a registered general postal voter, you do not need to complete a postal vote application as you will automatically receive a postal vote pack in the mail

Who can apply for a postal vote?

You can apply for a postal vote if you:

  • will be outside 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 which prevents you from attending a polling place on Election Day
  • are caring for a person outside of a hospital setting, 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 the personal safety of you or your family at risk