Automatic Re-enrolment for Council Election Voting

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will reinstate automatic re-enrolment for all eligible South Australian businesses and property owners.

The Problem

In 2009, the South Australian Labor Government changed the law affecting the right of many people to vote at Local Government elections.

The changes mean people who have the right to vote as property owners have to re-register prior to every council poll to retain that right.

Following the change, councils reported significant reductions in enrolments, poorer electoral turnouts and the creation of an unnecessary burden on voters.

The State Liberals' Plan

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will reinstate automatic re-enrolment for all eligible South Australian businesses and property owners.

This will make it easier for many South Australians to exercise their democratic right to vote.

Consultation with councils and the Local Government Association of South Australia has identified overwhelming support for reinstating the right to automatic re-enrolment for property owners.

It will increase voter participation in Local Government elections – a vital step in enhancing community engagement in local decision making.

Business and property owners contribute a high proportion of council’s revenue and have as much right as anyone else to retain the automatic right to participate in council elections.