The 2020-21 year provided two events unique in Tasmanian democratic history: two rounds of periodic Legislative Council elections and a shared polling day for Tasmanian Upper and Lower House elections.
In February 2021, the Government published its final report on a review into the Tasmanian Electoral Act 2004. The Government accepted in principle all recommendations in the Review and following the 2021 State election, drafted legislation to introduce a State-based political donations scheme. During the consultation period in relation to the Electoral Disclosure and Funding Bill 2021 and the Electoral Matters (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2021, the TEC lodged a submission.
With lower than expected turnouts at the 2021 Legislative Council elections, and reports of some Derwent and Windermere electors attending polling places where Legislative Council ballot papers were not available, the Commission has completed a report on voter participation for these elections, which has been provided to the Legislative Council.
In 2021, elections were held for the divisions of Derwent, Mersey and Windermere on Saturday 1 May.
Remember, voting in the Legislative Council elections is compulsory.
In accordance with the Aboriginal Lands Act 1995 elections are to be held for 8 members of the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania (ALCT).