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Voting in a local government election

The City of Fremantle Council elections are held every two years on the third Saturday in October. 

The next local government election will be held on Saturday 18 October 2025, conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC). 

Am I enrolled to vote?

You must already be enrolled on the State Electoral Roll to be eligible to vote in local government elections. You can enrol or check your enrolment on the State Electoral Roll here.

Nominees of a body corporate that does not own but is occupying a property in a City of Fremantle ward for at least the next three months continuously and under a legal agreement (e.g. lease), can complete the relevant enrolment eligibility claim form below and enrol to be on the roll ready for the next election. 

New forms coming! Contact the City of Fremantle on or 1300 MY FREO (1300 693 736) if you require a form sooner. 

Postal Elections

The City of Fremantle holds postal elections conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission. Election Packages are sent to all electors on the local government electoral roll where there is an election in their electorate, approximately three weeks before the election date.

The election package will contain postal voting instructions, postal voting papers with the nominated candidates nominated in their ward, candidate profiles, a ballot paper envelope with an elector certificate attached and a reply-paid postage envelope.

Changes to voting in 2023: preferential voting

In 2023, local government elections in WA moved to optional preferential voting. It's similar to how voting is done in State and Federal elections. The change was part of the State Government's reforms to the Local Government Act. Under the optional preferential voting system, voters can number candidates in the order of their preference. Voters don’t have to number all the boxes if you don’t want to. 

Why Vote?

Voting in a local government election is not compulsory in Western Australia. However, all electors are strongly encouraged to vote. Local government plays a critical role in building and maintaining strong communities. The election is your opportunity to have your say on who represents you on Council. See the candidate's on our election candidate’s page.

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