2021 Local Government Election
NSW Local Government Elections are usually conducted every four years and voting is compulsory. Maitland City Council has a popularly elected Mayor, together with 12 Councillors.
The next Council election, postponed from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will take place on Saturday 4 September 2021.
Maitland is broken up into four wards being North, East, Central and West. A current ward map can be seen here. The ward boundaries will be reviewed closer to the election to ensure not more than a 10% variance in total enrolment numbers across wards, however, you can find out which ward you currently live in here. It is important to note that wards simply divide the population equally. Councillors are charged with making decisions in the best interest of the entire community, not just the voters in their ward.
Information on pre-poll voting, postal voting and polling places on election day will be released closer to the election.
The information below will be helpful for those who are considering or intending to run at the upcoming NSW Local Government Election
The NSW Electoral Commissioner will administer the Maitland Local Government Election on Saturday 4 September 2021. Important information about the steps and requirements to becoming a candidate for the 2021 NSW Local Government Elections, as well as key dates, can be found here.
It is the responsibility of intending candidates to understand and follow the rules regarding advertising and electoral material related to elections. More information can be found in step 5 of the Becoming a candidate section of the NSW Electoral Commission website here.
The following provisions apply to election signs under State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.
Any election signs/posters must:
(a) Not be more than 0.8m2 in area, and
(b) If on the site of a heritage item or draft heritage item—not be attached to a building, and
(c) Be displayed by or on behalf of a candidate at an election referred to in clause 2.106 or the party (if any) of any such candidate, and
(d) Be displayed in accordance with any relevant requirements of the Act under which the election is held, and
(e) Be displayed only during the following periods:
(i) 5 weeks immediately preceding the day on which the election is held,
(ii) the day on which the election is held,
(iii) 1 week immediately following the day on which the election is held.
Further information will be available closer to the election.