Election Timeline

Following the adoption of a fixed date for State general elections in Western Australia, other key dates in the election process can now also be confirmed in advance of election day.

This timetable illustrates the critical dates and milestones for the conduct of the March 2017 State general election.

2017 State general election timeline  

2017 State general election timeline (PDF 120.6KB)

Key election dates

Days out  Date Activity

Wednesday 1 February 2017

Issue of writs


Thursday 2 February 2017

Nominations open



Applications for postal voting commence


Thursday 9 February 2017

Party nominations close (12 noon)



Close of Rolls (6:00pm)


Friday 10 February 2017

Close of Nominations (12 noon)



Draw for Ballot Paper positions


Monday 13 February 2017

Voting tickets lodged (12 noon)


Monday 20 February 2017

Early voting commences (in person, by post, iVote)


Saturday 25 February 2017

Mobile Polling commences


Wednesday 8 March 2017

Applications for postal voting close (6:00pm)



Scrutiny of early votes may commence


Friday 10 March 2017

Early voting (in person) closes (6:00pm)


Saturday 11 March 2017

Polling day (8:00am-6:00pm)


Thursday 16 March 2017

Final day for receipt of postal votes (9:00am)


Tuesday 2 May 2017

Last possible day for Return of Writ

Issue of the Writs

A writ is a document that compels the Electoral Commissioner to hold elections and contains the dates for the close of nominations, polling day and the return of the writ. A separate writ is issued for elections for the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council.

The writs were issued for the 2017 State election on Wednesday, 1 February 2017 and the last possible day for the return of the Writ was Tuesday, 2 May 2017.