How to Vote

The Town's elections are conducted as postal elections by the Western Australian Electoral Commission. The Commission appoints a Returning Officer who oversees the elections, including taking candidate nominations and supervising the count on election night. 

Every person on the electoral roll will be issued a ballot by mail.  All electors are required to complete the ballot and return either by mail before the election day or they can be handed into the Council Administration Office at 308 Stirling Highway Claremont, by 6.00pm on election day.

The count commences at 6.00pm on election day and the results are usually available later that night.     

Electoral Roll

The Town’s electoral roll is comprised of two parts; the resident’s roll and the non-residents owners and occupiers roll. Combining these two rolls produces the consolidated roll.

Residents Roll

People who reside in the Town (irrespective of whether they own the property or are tenants) and who are on the state electoral roll for that property will be on the residents roll automatically and can vote in the Town of Claremont local government election. No separate enrolment is necessary.

Enquiries about the residents roll should be directed to the Western Australian Electoral Commission on 13 63 06.You can check your enrolment eligibility status through the Western Australian Electoral Commission’s website.

Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers Roll

The non-resident owners and occupiers roll is maintained by the Town. It includes individuals who own (but do not reside in) rateable property in the Town or who occupy rateable property in the Town. It also includes individuals nominated by companies, businesses or corporate bodies that own or occupy rateable property in the Town.
 
Each person applying to go onto this roll must be on the state or commonwealth electoral roll for a property outside the Town’s district. Any person who is not an Australian citizen (and thus not eligible to be on the state or commonwealth electoral roll) may still be able to vote in local government elections if the person appeared on the Town’s 1996 electoral roll, and has owned or occupied rateable property within the ward continuously since at least March 1996.


Individuals or corporate bodies may only be on the roll or represented on the roll in one capacity, that is, either as owners or occupiers. Where both capacities are available to an individual or a body corporate, the owner category would normally be chosen because of the longer term on the roll.

Non-resident Owners' Eligibility
  • Each rateable property may claim up to two owners or owner nominees on the roll.
  • If a property is owned by an individual person, that person may be eligible to enrol.
  • An individual may only enrol once regardless of the number of properties owned within the Town.
  • An owner remains on the roll until the property is sold or in the case of owner nominees, either until the property is sold or the corporate body changes its nominees.
Joint Owners' Eligibility
  • Where a rateable property is owned by more than two persons, two of the owners may be eligible to enrol with the written agreement of a majority of the owners.
  • Where a property is owned by a corporate body, the corporate body may nominate one or two people to go onto the roll on its behalf.
  • A corporate body may only nominate two people onto the roll regardless of the number of properties owned in the Town.
  • The nominees remain on the roll until either the property is sold or the corporate body changes its nominees.
Occupier Eligibility
  • Each rateable property that is occupied may claim up to two occupiers or occupier nominees on the roll.
  • The occupier must have a right of continuous occupation of that property for at least three months from the date of application.
  • The applicant is not required to provide proof of this in the first instance but the Town may request proof of continuous occupation.
  • Where an individual occupies the property he or she may be eligible to enrol. Where two or more individuals jointly occupy a property up to two of them may be eligible to enrol (with the written agreement of a majority where there are three or more co-occupiers).
  • A corporate body that occupies property may nominate up to two people to go onto the roll.
  • An individual may only enrol once regardless of the number of properties occupied and a corporate body may only nominate two people regardless of the number of properties occupied in the Town of Claremont.
  • Occupiers and occupier nominees remain on the roll for a period of two elections after their enrolment is accepted and are removed from the roll six months after the second election. They must then re-enrol if they wish to continue as electors.
Enrolments for the Non-Resident Owners and Occupier Roll
  • Enrolment of non-resident owners or occupiers is not automatic.
  • For individuals who are applying in their own names either as owners or occupiers, or individuals who are being nominated by a corporate body as owner nominees or occupier nominees, please complete the Enrolment Eligibility Claim Form.
Enrolment claims can be lodged at any time however, enrolments for any particular election close 50 days before election day. 
 
For further information about the non-resident owners and occupiers roll call 08 9285 4300.