DEPENDING on your postcode, you may have to vote at this year's council elections thanks to sweeping electoral changes.
The decision to introduce compulsory voting will be left up to individual councils.
Unless all of Tasmania's 29 local councils go the same way, residents living in different municipalities will be subject to different voting rules.
Yesterday Local Government Minister Bryan Green announced draft legislation that also paved the way for:
--All-in, all-out council elections from 2015.
--Four-year terms for mayors and deputy mayors starting in 2015.
--A ban on people serving as aldermen or councillors while elected to State or Federal Parliament.
Following the news one of the Launceston City Council's aldermen, Rosemary Armitage, said she would not contest the next election.
Ms Armitage is also the MLC for Launceston.
She is one of two Legislative Council members on councils, along with Mersey MLC and Latrobe Mayor Mike Gaffney.
The government wants to end dual representation because it believes being on a council is a full-time job.
``(It will) ensure that elected representatives can focus all of their efforts on the interests of their local communities,'' Mr Green said.
Local government elections are now held every two years, with only half the council up for election.
A move to all-in, all-out elections every four years will see the entire council up for re-election, as well as four-year mayoral terms.
Mr Green said it would put an end to mayors being in ``constant campaign mode'' and provide stability for councils.
If the legislation passes, candidates elected this year will only serve a half-term before being up for re-election in 2015.
The Liberals slammed the measure because it could see whole councils voted out in one election, however, Western Australia is the only state operating under similar rules.
The government said it wanted ``opt-in'' compulsory voting to lift voter turnout, which sits about 55 per cent.
It's unclear how effective the measure would be given councils can opt not to introduce it.
The change is expected to increase the cost of elections ($1.33 million in 2011) by about 20 per cent. Some of this will be offset by the move to four yearly elections.
In November last year the Launceston City Council voted against opt-in compulsory voting, ending dual representation and all-in, all-out elections.
Public consultation will run for three weeks from today before legislation is introduced in April.