Local Government Extraordinary Elections 2022
Coast Ward Extraordinary Election
The Town of Cambridge will host an extraordinary election on Saturday, 19 November 2022 for one (1) Councillor vacancy in the Coast Ward.
The Councillor vacancy is for a term that ends on 21 October 2023.
The Chief Executive Officer will conduct the Coast Ward Election as an in-person election, with the Town of Cambridge Administration Centre (1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat) open on the day as a polling place from 8.00am to 6.00pm.
Coast Ward Election FAQ
When do nominations for candidates open and close?
Candidate nominations open on Thursday, 6 October 2022 and close on Thursday, 13 October 2022 at 4.00pm.
How can I nominate as a candidate?
To successfully nominate for the Coast Ward extraordinary election, you will need the following:
- The completed nomination form, available here(PDF, 225KB). The form must be signed and witnessed.
- A single A4 page profile of not more than 800 characters (including spaces) containing information about the candidate. Please ensure your profile is completed before you arrange your meeting with the Returning Officer.
- A nomination deposit of $80 (cash, bank cheque or postal order).
- A recent passport-sized photograph of the candidate’s head, or head and shoulders (optional)
- Confirmation of successful completion of the online course titled Induction for Prospective Candidates prior to nominating.
Please contact the Town on (08) 9347 6000 or via email@example.com to arrange an appointment with the Returning Officer. Please ensure you bring the above with you to the appointment.
What if I would like to nominate but can’t personally attend?
If you are unable to personally attend to nominate, you can appoint an agent to submit your nomination using the Nomination for Election by Agent form here(PDF, 203KB). You must also provide written evidence that you have authorised the agent to make your nomination, such as a signed letter.
Is voting compulsory?
While voting in a local government election is not compulsory in Western Australia, all eligible electors are strongly encouraged to vote.
Can non-resident owners and occupiers enrol to vote?
If you are a non-resident owner or occupier of rateable property in the Wembley Ward and are on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll, you are eligible to enrol on the Owners and Occupiers Roll. If you are not on the State or Commonwealth Electoral roll, you still may be eligible to enrol to vote.
Please contact the Town of Cambridge on (08) 9347 6000 for further assistance and enquiries about enrolling on the Owners and Occupiers Roll.
Will I automatically receive an election package in the mail?
No, as the Town of Cambridge is hosting an in-person election. If you would like to vote via post, you can apply for a postal vote(PDF, 152KB).
How can I vote?
One polling place will open on Election Day Saturday, 19 November 2022 from 8.00am to 6.00pm at The Town of Cambridge Administration Centre (1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat).
Eligible electors can apply for a postal vote by completing an Application for Postal Voting Papers form, which can be downloaded here(PDF, 152KB). Please return the completed and signed form to the Town of Cambridge (1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat 6014) as soon possible to provide sufficient time for a postal vote pack to be sent to your address.
To vote by post in the Coast Ward Extraordinary Election, all completed Application for Postal Voting Papers must be returned to the Town of Cambridge as soon as possible.
Postal voting papers will be sent to all electors who have applied for a postal vote after the election notice is published. A postal vote can be cast as soon as the election package is received.
Returning Your Postal Vote
Completed election papers can be returned using the reply-paid envelope in the postal voting pack or by dropping it off at the Town Administration Centre (1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat) during business hours. If you are returning your package via post please ensure you allow enough time for delivery as packages received after close of polls will not be included in the count. Please ensure your voting form is signed.
If you cannot return your voting papers prior to Election Day, completed forms can be delivered to the in-person polling place on Election Day prior to 6.00pm.
Can I vote early?
Early voting will be available following notice of the election and announcements of candidates.
When will I find out who won the election?
We expect to have a result on the night of the election and this will published on the Town of Cambridge website and social media channels.
What if I have a complaint?
During the Coast Ward Extraordinary Election, complaints regarding the conduct of the election (including candidate conduct) are to be submitted to the Returning Officer, the Town’s CEO, via the following:
Ph: 9347 6010
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Essential Information for Potential Nominees
The first key date in the process is the requirement for candidates and donors to record donations made to, or by them for a candidate’s campaign. The legislation - s4.59 Local Government Act 1995 and Part 5A of the Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997 – requires candidates and donors to make formal disclosures of gifts received and given.
Gifts worth $200 or more, or 2 or more gifts from the same donor, totalling $200 or more must be disclosed.
Although a candidate and donors do not disclose gifts until the candidate’s nomination is accepted, the legislation requires election gifts received from 1 January 2022 (being 6 months prior to election day) to be recorded and disclosed.
It is suggested that candidates and donors complete the Form for election gifts given and received, and lodge it when the Candidate’s nomination is accepted.
Election Gift Disclosure Form(PDF, 184KB)