With the 2021 council election less than 12 weeks away Orange City Council will be seeking assurances a COVID-safe poll can be held.
Cr Kevin Duffy has called on the state government to assure candidates and voters that the elections can go ahead safely.
He said with a full online or full postal vote election already ruled out many people would have to go to polling booths on election day, Saturday December 4 or attend the electoral office for pre-poll voting.
"I think we should write to the Premier and the Minister for Local Government and our [Joint Organisation] looking for support they can assure us to have a COVID-safe election," he said.
"I know Bathurst are doing it in this fashion as well.
"It's going to get to the stage that as we can't go down that path [for an online or postal poll] as the Electoral Office have said we will be putting our neighbours and friends and political friends in jeopardy," he said.
"None of us want that.
"We have got to put our health first just like the government have been doing, even though I don't agree with them sometimes.
"We have got to do the same thing."
Council last week supported Cr Duffy's call.
A letter will be drafted and circulated to councillors and then be sent to the government and the regional joint organisation.
Mayor Cr Reg Kidd said the Electoral Office had told the state government they will not be running elections totally by postal vote or online.
So far 24 people have registered as candidates to stand for one of the 11 positions for Orange councillors at the poll.
Three of them have also registered to stand for the position of mayor, who is also elected by voters in a separate poll on the same day.
This year's elections have already been delayed, firstly by a year and then by a further three months, from Saturday September 4 due to COVID safety concerns for candidates and voters.
Wednesday November 4: Closure of candidates' nominations
Thursday November 5: Ballot paper draw
Monday November 22: Opening of pre-poll voting
Saturday December 4: Election day.
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