South Australia State Election 2018 Timetable Of Events

South Australia State Election 2018 Timetable Of Events

Polling Day Saturday 17 March 2018

South Australia Electoral Commission

South Australia State Election Announcement

Victor P Taffa

South Australia Electoral Commission has released a Timetable of Events for the State Election to be held on Saturday 17 March 2018.

 

Date

Activity

1 February 2018

Independent candidate general briefing session

An information session will be held by the Electoral Commissioner between 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Level 6, 60 Light Square Adelaide.

The session will provide information on the electoral processes in South Australia and the requirements of candidates.

This session will be beneficial for those persons intending to nominate for the 2018 State Election for either the House of Assembly or the Legislative Council, who are not endorsed by a Registered Political Party. For information about funding and disclosure please see separate briefing sessions on 7 February and 9 February, detailed below.

5 February 2018

Postal vote applications available

Postal vote applications are now available online and at Australia Post outlets.

7 February 2018

Independent House of Assembly candidate funding and disclosure information session

If you are intending to nominate as an independent candidate at the 2018 State Election, then you should be aware that candidates have obligations under the funding and disclosure scheme. An information session will be held at 2 pm at Level 6, 60 Light Square Adelaide.

9 February 2018

Independent Legislative Council candidates and groups of candidates funding and disclosure information session

If you are intending to nominate as an independent candidate or as an independent group of candidates at the 2018 State Election, then you should be aware that candidates and groups have obligations under the funding and disclosure scheme. An information session will be held at 10 am at Level 6, 60 Light Square Adelaide.

17 February 2018

Issue of the writs

Governor issues formal direction to Electoral Commissioner to hold the election.

19 February 2018

Lodging of nominations

Nominations can be lodged for both party endorsed candidates and independent candidates.

23 February 2018

Close of rolls

New or updated enrolments must be received by 12 noon.

End of lodgement period for party endorsed candidates

Deadline of 5 pm for registered political parties to lodge nominations on behalf of candidates endorsed by them.

26 February 2018

Close of nominations

Deadline of 12 noon for nominations to be lodged with Returning Officers.

Declaration of House of Assembly candidates and ballot draws

Returning Officers will conduct the declaration of candidates and ballot draws for the House of Assembly as soon as practicable after 12 noon on 26 February 2018.

27 February 2018

Declaration of Legislative Council candidates and ballot draw

Electoral Commission SA will conduct the declaration of candidates and ballot draw for the Legislative Council as soon as practicable after 11 am on 27 February 2018.

5 March 2018

EasyVote Card distribution commences

Distribution of EasyVote Card commences to all electors, excluding those who are registered declaration voters and those who are registered via the Digital EasyVote Card App.

From 5 March 2018

Postal voting material commences

Distribution of postal ballot packs commences to electors registered as declaration voters and those who have had their postal vote applications accepted.

Pre-poll voting commences

Electors who are unable to vote on polling day will be able to vote in person at a pre-poll centre within South Australia, interstate or overseas.

From 7 March 2018

Remote mobile voting commences

Electoral Commission SA’s remote mobile voting teams commence taking votes in remote areas of South Australia.

From 8 March 2018

Declared Institution voting commences

Electoral Commission SA’s electoral visitor teams commence taking votes at Declared Institutions.

15 March 2018

Last day for receipt of postal vote applications

Deadline of 5 pm for postal vote applications to be received by Electoral Commission SA.

16 March 2018

Close of pre-poll voting

Last day for electors who are unable to vote on polling day to vote in person at a pre-poll within South Australia, interstate or overseas.

17 March 2018

Polling Day

Polling places open from 8 am-6 pm.

24 March 2018

Last day of receipt of postal votes

Deadline for receipt of postal ballots to Electoral Commission SA.

26 March 2018 onwards

Declaration of House of Assembly districts

House of Assembly Returning Officers will commence declaring the elected member for each district.

By mid-April 2018

Declaration of poll for Legislative Council

Declaration of 11 members elected to the Legislative Council.

Return of the writs (latest date)

Date specified in writs

Deadline for Electoral Commission SA to return the writs to the Governor.