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Shire of York 2019 Local Government Elections

The 2019 Shire of York ordinary election will be held on Saturday 19 October 2019. There are four vacancies to be filled, each for a term of four years. 

This year the Shire of York elections will be conducted as a postal election only. The Electoral Commission will conduct the election for the Shire of York.

Eligibility to Enrol and Vote

You are eligible to enrol if you are:

  • 18 years of age or older;
  • An Australian Citizen;
  • Correctly enrolled on a State or Commonwealth electoral roll; and
  • A resident or a non-resident owner of rateable property or land within the Shire of York.

To enrol to vote, to update your details, to check your enrolment or for any questions about the elections, please contact the WA Electoral Commission:  www.waec.wa.gov.au or phone 13 63 06.

Owner Occupiers will also need to ensure the Shire have their current postal address.

Enrolments close at 5.00pm Friday 30 August 2019.

Close of Enrolments Information

Prospective Candidates

Free Webinar:

Anyone considering nominating to be a councillor should register for this free webinar delivered by the WA Local Government Association.

The webinar focuses on the following key areas:

• Parliament’s role in creating legislation for Local Government;
• how to read the Local Government Act 1995 and Regulations;
• who does what at a Local Government;
• a Councillor’s personal responsibilities; and
• consequences of improper conduct.

Date: Thursday, 15 August 

Time: 5:00pm – 6.00pm (including presentation and Q&A session)


York Information Session: 

The Electoral Commission will be holding an information session on Monday 2 September 2019 at 5.00pm in the Lesser Hall for prospective candidates.

Under the Local Government Act 1995, to be eligible to nominate as a candidate for a local government election, the candidate must be an elector of the district (residential or owner/occupier) and over 18 years of age. 

Nominations open on Thursday 5 September and close at 4pm on Thursday 12 September 2019.

Prior to nominating, an elector must have completed the online Local Government Candidate Induction course which is available on the Department of Local Government’s official website (Local Government Candidate Induction - Dept. Local Government, Sport & Cultural Industries) The Returning Officer will provide candidates with a USB containing relevant forms and information. A candidate may obtain a free copy of the owners and occupiers roll and the residents roll for the electorate (ward or district) for which they nominate, from the Returning Officer.

Voting in Postal Elections

The postal voting election package is your only opportunity to vote in the election. There is no ordinary voting on election day.

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.

A polling place will be open on election day for the hand delivery of voting packages or to issue replacement packages.

A Returning Officer will be appointed by the Electoral Commission to oversee the elections which includes taking candidate nominations and supervising the count on election night.

Postal Vote Information Brochure

More election related information is available here www.elections.wa.gov.au