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Council elections

The Launceston City Council elections were previously held every two years for the positions of Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Aldermen, 12 positions in total. In 2014 the process will change to an 'all-in, all-out election' which means the elected representatives will have a four-year term including the positions of Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

Information for Voters at Launceston City Council Elections
Voting at a local council election is not compulsory. However, if you have an interest in your local municipal area and are concerned to see that your local council performs to your expectations, you are encouraged to exercise your democratic right and vote. 

 
Voting Categories: 
  • If you are a resident and already enrolled on the House of Assembly (State) electoral roll for your residential address, within the Launceston municipal area, you are automatically enrolled to vote for the Launceston City Council elections.
  • If you are a resident, but not eligible to be enrolled on the House of Assembly electoral roll (e.g. you may not be an Australian citizen), you may be eligible to vote in the Launceston City Council elections, by enrolling on the General Manager's electoral roll. You must fill out and submit to the General Manager a Local Government Electoral Enrolment Form (PDF 62KB) to apply for enrolment.
  • If you are a resident of a municipal area, other than Launceston, but own or occupy property in the Launceston Municipal Area, you may be eligible to vote in the Launceston City Council Elections, by enrolling on the General Manager's electoral roll. You must fill out and submit to the General Manager a Local Government Electoral Enrolment Form (PDF 62KB) to apply for enrolment. 
  • A Corporate Body which owns or occupies any land in the Launceston municipal area is entitled to nominate one person to vote on its behalf at the council election, by applying for enrolment on the General Manager's electoral role. The Corporate Body may nominate its voting representative by completing and submitting to the General Manager a Local Government Electoral Enrolment: Corporate Body Form (PDF 65KB). A Corporate Body which owns or occupies multiple properties within the Launceston municipal area, must select one property and may only nominate one person to vote on its behalf at the council elections. An elector may have no more than two votes at an election; one in his/her own right as an owner or occupier and one on behalf of a corporate body.