Local Government Elections 

Local government elections are held every two years on the third Saturday in October. In Western Australia, Councillors are elected for terms of four years, with elections held every two years for half of the council. If a vacancy occurs within a term, an extraordinary election is held to fill the place.

Elections are conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) to ensure elections are conducted independently and with impartiality. The WAEC appoints a Returning Officer to oversee the election, with this person taking candidate nominations, receiving votes and supervising the count on election night.

Nominations are open for a period of eight days and must be received by the Returning Officer by 4.00pm on the day of close of nominations, which is 37 days before election day. If the number of candidates is equal to the number of vacancies, the candidate is elected unopposed. If there are more candidates than vacancies, the election will proceed.

The voting method for local government elections is first-past-the-post, with elections conducted in Exmouth through postal voting. Votes must be received by the Returning Officer by 6.00pm on polling day in order to be counted.

2021 Election

The next ordinary local government election will be held on Saturday 16 October 2021.

2019 Election Results

CANDIDATE

VOTES

Mark LUCAS 

496

Heather LAKE

497

Scott FORBES

127

David GILLESPIE

253

Michael HUSBAND

351

Anne MCCARROL

352

797 Ballot Papers Entered - 792 Formal Ballot Papers - 5 Informal Ballot Papers 

46.77% of eligible voters in Exmouth who used the chance to cast their vote and take part in our communities future development.

Want to know more?

For further information on Local Government Elections and Candidate Nomination Information please visit the below websites:

Western Australian Electoral Commission - Local Government Elections

Department of Local Government and Communities - Elections