Saturday, 4 December, 2021


Welcome to the Virtual Tally Room (VTR) for the NSW Local Government Elections 2021 (LGE2021).

Elections conducted by NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC)

Section 296 of the Local Government Elections Act was changed on 27 June 2011 giving Councils the opportunity to conduct their own elections if they wished.

The NSWEC is responsible for 122 Council elections. 34 of these Councils also have a Mayor election, 8 Councils are conducting a Constitutional Referendum and 1 Council is conducting a Council Poll.

During the election period the VTR contained only results for elections conducted by the NSWEC. The VTR operated throughout the election event and published results from election night through to the declaration of the successful Councillor candidates, Mayoral candidates, and the final results of Referendums and Polls.


For detailed results for a Local Government Area (Council) go to Results by Local Government Area.

Counting the Votes

Each contest type is counted differently.

The Mayor and Councillor counts are conducted using a combination of manual counting (Initial Count) and data entry into the NSWEC computer count system (Check Count). The Check Count comprises of batching which is counting the ballot papers into bundles of 50 without examining the preferences, and data entry (two rounds of data entry known as Round 1 and Round 2 and a reconciliation process). For detailed information on how votes are counted at Local Government elections go to How votes are counted.

All Final Count results for Councillor and Mayor were reported on the VTR after the check count and distribution of preferences were conducted in the third week after election day.

All Final Count results for Referendum and Poll were reported on the VTR after the initial count was completed or after the check count (if required) was completed in the weeks after election day.

Councils Administering their Own Elections

The following Councils conducted their own elections. They are identified on the Results by Local Government Area page by an asterisk. Having elected to administer their own elections councils reported results on their websites. The NSWEC takes no responsibility for the accuracy of this data.

Councils in Administration

The following Councils are in administration and as such are unable to participate in this election. They are identified on the Results by Local Government Area page by the symbol #.