2021 Council Elections

Local Government elections will now be held on Saturday 4 December 2021 due to the COVID-19 outbreak 

The NSW Electoral Commission is planning delivery of the 2021 NSW Local Government election so that voters, political participants and election staff remain as safe as possible.

On Saturday 4 December 2021, the community will be required to vote for eleven new Councillors to represent the region over a three year term. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor will then be elected by Council. The Mayor will be elected for a term of two years, while the Deputy Mayor will be elected for a period which is either the same as the Mayoral term, or less as determined by Council. Residents are reminded that voting is compulsory for those over the age of 18 living in the Armidale LGA.

Key dates:

  • Monday 25 October, 6pm - Close of electoral rolls
  • Tuesday 26 October - Postal vote applications open
  • Wednesday 3 November, 12pm - Close of candidate nominations
  • Friday 5 November - Caretaker period commences
  • Monday 22 November - Pre-poll voting opens
  • Saturday 4 December - Election day (8am - 6pm)

Register of candidates
The register of candidates can be viewed here via the NSW Electoral Commission's website. 

Constitutional referendum
This year’s election will be held in conjunction with an important constitutional referendum to determine whether the number of Councillors should be reduced from eleven to nine. The community will vote on this at the same time as the Councillor elections. The result of this won’t take effect until 2024.

All you need to know about the election

Constitutional referendum - should the number of councillors be reduced?

COVID-safe voting

Further resources

Information for candidates

Non - residential electoral rolls