Local Government Election Voting - FAQ

How are the Town's Elections Held?

Local Government ordinary elections occur every two years, and are generally held on the third Saturday in October. 

Voting in a Local Government election is not compulsory in Western Australia, however, all electors are strongly encouraged to vote. 

There are two types of local government elections - postal elections and voting in person elections. At a postal election, electors are sent an election package which includes the ballot papers and may then vote at home and post the completed papers. At a voting in person election, electors may vote early or by post but most choose to vote in person on election day at a polling place within the district.

The Town of Port Hedland currently conducts its election by way of postal voting.

Postal election

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. Your postal voting package must be received before 6.00pm 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.


Am I enrolled to vote

If you live within the Town of Port Hedland's boundaries, and you are already enrolled as an elector on the Commonwealth or State Electoral Roll for your residential address, you will automatically be enrolled for Local Government elections. 

To check if you are on the Commonwealth or State electoral roll, visit the below websites:

If you have recently moved house or changed your name, you will need to update your details. 

Visit the WAEC website to:

What if I am not enrolled to vote?

If you are a resident of the Town and not already enrolled to vote, you must make a claim for enrolment with the Australian Electoral Commission.

You can:

  • Enrol Online
  • Collect an enrolment form from any post office and return it to the Australian Electoral Commission.

When is the last day to cast your vote?

Voters have until 6pm on Saturday 16 October 2021 (Election Day) to vote.

What if I haven’t received my election package or lose / spoil my ballot paper?

If you do not receive your postal election package or you spoil your ballot paper prior to or on election day (16 October 2021) please contact the Town via one of the following methods for a replacement package:

What if I will be away and haven’t received my election package in time?

Early or absent voting is not available for postal Elections. If you are planning to go away before election packages are posted, one of the best options is to arrange for a mail redirection to an alternative address with Australia Post. If this is not practical e.g. travelling overseas for extended periods of time, unfortunately it may not be possible for you to vote as your postal ballot paper may not be received in time. As voting at local government elections is not compulsory, you will not receive a fine.

Where can I get more information on Elections?

Further information about local government elections is available from the:

What about election signage?

For information on Election Signage - please click here.