Voting options widen for NSW Local Government elections

Voting options for NSW’s local government elections are being widened as the state works to bring a Covid-19 outbreak in Sydney under control.

Changes to local government regulations, announced earlier this month, will allow for an online option under similar circumstances to postal voting, along with broadened pre-poll eligibility, and an expansion of postal voting eligibility.

Any voter who “reasonably believes that attending a polling place on election day will pose a risk to the health or safety of the person, or of another person, because of the Covid-19 pandemic” will be eligible to cast their vote by post.

Online voting will be rolled out for the first time in council election to vulnerable voters, including those who have a disability or are permanent or temporary residents of nursing homes, retirement homes and hospitals.

People who are self-isolating due to Covid-19 will also be able to lodge a postal vote.

The NSW local government elections were scheduled for last year but were postponed because of the pandemic.

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