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The South Australian state election is on Saturday 19 March, one month from today.

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Here’s what you need to know:

Do I need to register?

Voting is compulsory for South Australian residents. If you’re a first-time voter, you’ll need to enrol first, and if you’ve changed address you’ll need to update your details. The electoral roll closes on Friday 25 February.

If this applies to you (or if you’re unsure), go to the South Australian Electoral Commission’s website, ecsa.sa.gov.au

Who are we electing?

The election is for South Australia’s State Parliament. You’ll vote for someone to represent your electorate in the South Australian House of Assembly, and statewide representatives in the South Australian Legislative Council.

Whichever party wins a majority of seats in the South Australian House of Assembly forms the South Australian Government, and the party leader becomes the Premier.

Who is competing?

The current Premier of South Australia is Steven Marshall, the leader of the governing Liberal Party. The Marshall Liberal Government has served one term. The Opposition Leader and the alternative candidate for Premier is Peter Malinauskas, the leader of the Labor Party.

A range of other parties will field candidates, including the Greens, One Nation, Family First and the Animal Justice Party.

How do I vote?

You can vote at a polling booth between 8am and 6pm on election day (19 March). If you can’t do that, you may be eligible to vote early at an early voting centre, open from 7 March – 18 March. You may alternatively be eligible to vote by post.

What about COVID?

Officials will be putting in place protection measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 among voters and election staff.

If you get COVID, or are a close contact on election day or the two days before, you can register online to pick up a voting pack from a designated site, and you will have permission to leave home to get your ballot papers and post them.

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