Why do voting districts change?
Many voting districts change shape due to various geographical, population and political changes that take place between elections.
When delimiting voting districts, we access various data sources (topographic, cadastral, census information), including the Surveyor-General, the Department of Land Affairs and Statistics SA.
Before an election, our municipal representatives inspect maps of voting districts in municipalities in order to align the geography of voting districts with local geographic, settlement, demographic and political changes that may have occurred since the previous election. Voting districts must also be aligned to new boundaries determined by the Municipal Demarcation Board.
Our municipal representatives also locate and confirm voting stations in each voting district. This is done in conjunction with municipal political party representatives.