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2023 NSW State election: Political participants bulletin No.10

Issued 10 March 2023

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1. Electoral material registration open

All electoral material (including how-to-vote cards) to be distributed on election day must be registered with the NSW Electoral Commission. It is an offence to distribute unregistered electoral material on election day.

The online registration system is now available to register any material that is intended for distribution on election day.

Following the ballot paper draw, the administrator previously identified for each registered political party and all independent candidates will have received an email inviting them to activate their online account and provide a password. This link expires after 24 hours. If you have not activated your account prior to the link expiring, please contact the Candidate Helpdesk on 1300 022 011 to have this link resent.

Registration of electoral material closes at 5pm on Friday, 17 March 2023.

More information about electoral material requirements

Ballot paper templates

Ballot paper templates have been published to assist in the preparation of electoral material (including how-to-vote cards) distributed for the election.

Samples or representations of the ballot paper included in electoral material must be accurate, including the:

  • order of the candidates and/or groups

  • spelling of candidates’ names

  • inclusion or exclusion of registered political party names and the word ‘Independent’

  • voting directions.

2. Voting centre locations and projections

Voting centre and early voting centre locations, including projections, have been updated and can be found on the NSW Electoral Commission website on the venue projections page.

This is the final list of venues, other than changes due to unforeseen circumstances.

3. 6-metre rules guidelines

For this election, the Electoral Commissioner has been authorised to issue guidelines in relation to the enforcement of the 6-metre rules at voting centres. The 6-metre rules include the offences of:

  • displaying posters within 6 metres of an entrance to an early voting centre or election day voting centre, and

  • canvassing within 6 metres of an entrance to an early voting centre or election day voting centre.

The Commissioner has issued guidelines that voting centre managers and election officials must consider in relation to enforcing the six-metre rules. The proposed guidelines provide practical guidance on how to determine the 6-metre perimeter to ensure safe and easy access to voting centres and consistency in the enforcement of the rules. View the guidelines.

4. Pre-election daily voting metrics

The NSW Electoral Commission is publishing daily voting metrics for the early voting period on our website under the Election daily metrics accordion. These metrics commenced on 7 March for postal voting and will commence on 18 March for early voting.

5. Candidate details available on website

Details of the candidates for the election have now been published on our website, under the Who are the candidates? accordion. The information displayed for each candidate includes:

  • their name as it will appear on the ballot paper

  • whether they nominated for a district for the Legislative Assembly or for the Legislative Council

  • suburb, town or other locality of their place of residence

  • affiliation to a registered political party or independent

  • child protection declaration, and

  • contact details (if provided to us for publication).

6. Candidate and participant information webinars

The next webinar will provide an overview of candidate workers and scrutineers. It will be held at 11am on Tuesday, 14 March 2023 and will cover the following topics:

  • candidate workers and scrutineers

  • declared facilities

  • compliance overview.

Register your attendance for the webinar and find more information about the webinar series.

If you are unable to attend, please note that webinars are recorded and published on the NSW Electoral Commission website.