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Council Elections

Council elections are held every four years the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors are elected for four-year terms.

Elections are usually held in October of each election year. The next local government elections are due in October 2026.

The Tasmanian Electoral Commission is responsible for the supervision of local government elections. The Electoral Commission appoints returning officers to run the election.

For more information on local government elections, please visit the Tasmanian Electoral Commission

If you are considering standing as a candidate you can find information on how to nominate and get a seat at the table on the Local Government Association Tasmania website.

Council elections are conducted by postal ballot.

All elections for councillor positions are required to be conducted by using a multi-member proportional representation electoral system. This is directly modelled on the Hare-Clarke system used for Tasmanian House of Assembly elections.

A feature of the Hare-Clarke electoral system is that vacant seats are filled by recount rather than by elections.

Under the postal ballot system there is a polling period of at least fifteen days (excluding any Saturday, Sunday or bank holiday), rather than a single polling day.

If you are currently on the State Electoral Roll for State and Federal Elections for your address in the Brighton municipal area you are automatically on the Local Government Roll.

To check your enrolment on the Electoral Roll please visit the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website at and click on the “Check Enrolment” button. An enrolment form can also be obtained from that website or by calling the AEC on 132 326 or from any post office.

General Manager’s Roll

The General Manager’s Roll is a list of people who are eligible to vote in local government elections, even if they don’t live in the Brighton municipality.

You are eligible to enrol on the “General Manager’s Roll” if you:

A voter, in an election in respect of one municipal area, has a maximum of two votes:

  • one vote is in their own right, and
  • one vote is on behalf of a corporate body

Completed forms can be:

  • Delivered to the Council Offices, located at 1 Tivoli Road, Old Beach (open from 8.15 am to 4.45 pm weekdays), or
  • Mailed to:
    General Manager
    Brighton Council
    1 Tivoli Road
    OLD BEACH TAS 7017

Please note that forms cannot be submitted online or by email.

Enrolment on the General Manager’s Roll is not automatic. If you have recently updated your enrolment – thankyou. If you have previously registered for the General Manager’s Roll in Glenorchy but need to update your enrolment details, you are required to re-register using the attached forms to ensure your details are up-to-date.

The Tasmanian Electoral Commission has more information about local government elections, and the upcoming 2022 local government elections on its website.