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NSW council elections: Who needs to vote, and where can you do it?

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JUST when you thought it was safe to let go of the tedious, protracted polling affair that was the federal election, the voting process is set to be repeated — well, for some of us at least.

NSW voters are heading back to the polling booths on Saturday, September 10, for their local council elections.

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However, given the controversial council mergers that took place earlier in the year, things are not as straight forward as you may think.

The councils that were involved in a merger, or might be merged, will not be holding an election until next year.

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Councils which have not merged, and will not merge, will be holding elections. You can find out whether your council has been merged here.

Confused? Don’t worry, we’ve compiled a list of the councils that will be voting so you can nab a sausage sandwich, while saving yourself a $55 fine.

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COUNCILS HOLDING ELECTIONS
Albury City Council
Ballina Shire Council

Balranald Shire Council
Bega Valley Shire Council
Bellingen Shire Council
Berrigan Shire Council
Blacktown City Council
Bland Shire Council
Blue Mountains City Council
Bogan Shire Council
The Council of the Shire of Bourke
Brewarrina Shire Council
The Council of the City of Broken Hill
Byron Shire Council
Camden Council
Campbelltown City Council
Cessnock City Council
Clarence Valley Council
Cobar Shire Council
Coffs Harbour City Council
Coonamble Shire Council
Cowra Shire Council
Eurobodalla Shire Council
Fairfield City Council
Forbes Shire Council
Gilgandra Shire Council
Glen Innes Severn Council
Goulburn Mulwaree Council
Greater Hume Shire Council
Griffith City Council
Gunnedah Shire Council
Gwydir Shire Council
Hawkesbury City Council
Hay Shire Council
Inverell Shire Council
Junee Shire Council
Kempsey Shire Council
The Council of the Municipality of Kiama
Kyogle Council
Lachlan Shire Council
Lake Macquarie City Council
Leeton Shire Council
Lismore City Council
City of Lithgow Council
Liverpool City Council
Liverpool Plains Shire Council
Lockhart Shire Council
Mid-Western Regional Council
Moree Plains Shire Council
Muswellbrook Shire Council
Nambucca Shire Council
Narrabri Shire Council
Narrandera Shire Council
Narromine Shire Council
Parkes Shire Council
Penrith City Council
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
Richmond Valley Council
Shoalhaven City Council
Singleton Council
Sutherland Shire Council
Council of the City of Sydney
Tamworth Regional Council
Temora Shire Council
Tenterfield Shire Council
Upper Hunter Shire Council
Upper Lachlan Shire Council
Uralla Shire Council
The Council of the City of Wagga Wagga
Walcha Council
Walgett Shire Council
Warren Shire Council
Warrumbungle Shire Council
Weddin Shire Council
Wentworth Shire Council
Wingecarribee Shire Council
Wollondilly Shire Council
Yass Valley Council
And just confuse things a little more, those on the far north coast of NSW vote on a different day altogether. Tweed Shire Council will hold its election on October 29.

WHERE TO VOTE

Unlike the federal election there is no absentee voting at local council elections. People, this means that, unless you pre-vote, you have to go to your council’s polling places, which include your local hospitals, schools and town halls, on the Saturday.

This link will help you find your council’s specific polling venues.

Note, if you want to forgo your sausage sizzle and pre-vote, you can look up pre-poll venues for your council here.

And if you are not sure which council you are enrolled under? Check your enrolled address here.

Online Source

The Indian Telegraph Sydney Australia

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