Voting for Non-Residents
~ The local government election was held on 8 September 2012. This information for prospective candidates was prepared prior to the election as as part of the public awareness campaign. It remains available for research and reference purposes.
Out-of-town voters urged to enroll
Voters who live in another electorate can still vote in the Orange City Council election in September, if they own or lease land in Orange.
Under state government electoral rules, people who live in another area can vote in the Orange local government election if they own or lease rateable land in Orange. Non-residents have to apply before each election to be put on the roll.
Companies or trustees which own land in Orange can nominate one person to vote. Where land is jointly-owned by more than one person, only one person can be nominated to vote.
Applications to be added to the ‘non-residents’ roll must be submitted to Orange City Council before 6pm on Monday 30 July when the Electoral Roll closes for the local government elections.
The regulations cover people such as property investors who own and pay rates on land in Orange and landholders who operate farms on both sides of the borders between Orange City, Cabonne and Blayney Shires.
Prospective voters can check the details of council electorate boundaries here.
Under the regulations, there are a couple of exceptions. Non-resident owners of strata title land don’t qualify to vote. Non-residents who lease land which is primarily a car-parking space also don’t qualify. If a non-resident owns more than one block of land, they can’t vote more than once in each electorate.
Further information about the Non-Residents Electoral Roll and the application form can be down loaded here.