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Local Government Vacancies
since the 2018 elections

About councillor vacancies

A councillor casual vacancy is usually filled by conducting a recount.
This involves re-examining the ballot papers that elected that councillor, looking for the electors’ next preference.

If the vacancy is for deputy mayor a 2-step process is undertaken:

    1. A recount is conducted to fill the councillor vacancy;
    2. At the next council meeting, the elected councillors vote to decide which councillor will hold the position of deputy mayor.

If the vacancy is for mayor, it is filled by conducting a by-election with 2 ballots - one for councillor and one for mayor.


Further information is available in the "Filling a casual vacancy" [PDF 8.1MB, opens in new tab]  section of the candidate information booklet.

Local Government By-elections

Local Government Recounts





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