Local government elections will be held on Saturday 21 October. In an effort to demystify the election process, we’ve addressed some frequently asked questions below:
Q. Why should I vote?
By participating in the City of Subiaco election, you can have a say on who will represent you in making decisions about local issues, such as community assets, infrastructure and services, allocation of resources and setting council’s policies.
Q. How often are local government elections held?
Every two years, usually on the third Saturday in October.
Q. Who will run the City of Subiaco election?
The Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) has appointed a returning officer to oversee the election, including accepting candidate nominations and supervising the count on election night.
Q. Who can vote?
You can vote if you’re a resident of the City of Subiaco and recorded on the state electoral roll (those recorded on the state electoral roll are automatically placed on the city’s residents’ roll). You can also vote if you are recorded on the city’s owner/occupier roll. This roll includes those who own property in the city but do not live here, as well as those who operate a business in the City of Subiaco. visit www.subiaco.wa.gov.au/enrolment for more information.
Q. How do I know if I’m listed on the city’s rolls?
To check if you are on the city’s residents’ roll, visit the WAEC website. To see if you’re on the owner/occupier roll, call the city on 9237 9222 or drop in to the Administration Centre at 241 Rokeby Road, Subiaco.
Q. How do I vote?
By postal vote. You should complete and return your ballot papers as soon as possible, bearing in mind Australia Post delivery times. You may also drop your ballot papers off at the city’s Administration Centre before 6pm on election day. Voting packages will be sent to all electors listed on the City of Subiaco electoral rolls approximately three weeks before election day.
Q. What is the make-up the City of Subiaco council?
The City of Subiaco council comprises twelve elected members – three councillors for each of the north, east and central wards, two councillors for the south ward and the Mayor, who represents the entire district. Councillors and the Mayor are elected to their positions for a four-year term; councillors retire from office on a rotational basis, with half retiring every two years.
Q. Who will I be voting for this year?
You will receive ballot papers for the Mayor and your ward. This year, there is one vacancy in each of the north, central and south wards, and two vacancies in the east ward. Meet your 2017 nominees and find out what they stand for.
Q. How does the voting process work?
Local government elections use the ‘first-past-the-post’ system. This means that electors indicate their preferred candidate(s), and the one with the most votes is elected. Where there are multiple vacancies, the candidate with the most votes is elected first, and the candidate with the second highest number of votes is elected second, and the process continues until all vacancies are filled.
Q. How do I find out who won the election?
The count commences at 6pm on election day and results are usually available later that evening on the WAEC website.