Postal voting

All electors have the option of applying for postal ballot papers to be sent to their nominated address. Applications for NT Local Government (Council) elections can be made within the 3-month period before election day.

Postal vote application - online

Postal vote application - print

When will the ballot papers be sent to me?

Once the declaration of nominations and draw to determine the order of candidate names on the ballot paper is conducted; ballot papers are printed and ballot material is forwarded as soon as possible thereafter.

What is the latest despatch of ballot material?

The mail-out of ballot material ceases at 6:00 pm on:

  • the Tuesday before election day, to forwarding addresses outside Australia.
  • the Thursday before election day, to forwarding addresses within Australia.

Therefore, your application must be received by the Commission before the above-mentioned day/time to allow for the ballot papers to reach your nominated address.

When do I complete my ballot paper/s?

In order to be admitted to the count, postal vote ballot papers must be completed before 6:00 pm on election day and received by the Commission before 12:00 noon on the first Friday following election day.

Qualification of witness

There are requirements for the completion of postal ballot papers and signing and witnessing of declaration envelopes.

An authorised witness can be:

  • a person enrolled on the Commonwealth electoral roll - if you are within Australia or an external Territory.
  • a person who is at least 18 years of age - if you are overseas.

Duties of a witness:

  • Be satisfied as to the identity of the applicant and that the statements contained in the application are true.
  • See the voter sign the application.

NOTE: General postal voters are automatically sent ballot papers and are not required to lodge a new application.