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Enrolment and Voting

On 15 May 2020 the Minister for Local Government announced that the 2020 council elections will still go ahead and declared that postal voting will be used across the state.

It is important to note that the Chief Health Officer has advised that it is safe for the postal election to proceed this year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Voting is compulsory at council elections if you are enrolled to vote on the Victorian State Electoral Roll. There is no upper age limit to voting in Victoria.

Failure to vote

People are required to vote at Council elections held for the municipality in which they have their principal place of residence. Failure to vote will attract a penalty unless you are entitled to an exemption under the Local Government Act 2020.

Enrolment FAQ's

When does enrolment close?
Enrolment closes at 4 pm Friday 28 August 2020.

Who is automatically enrolled?
People are automatically enrolled for these elections if they are on the State roll or if they were enrolled as a non-resident owner at the most recent election in their local area. This includes any by-elections held since the last general election.

Who has to enrol?
Australian citizens aged 18 or over on 24 October 2020, living in Victoria, must enrol if they:

  • have never enrolled
  • have lived at their present residential address for at least a month and have not updated their enrolment details.

Australian citizens can enrol, check or update their State enrolment details at vec.vic.gov.au.

Who can apply to council to enrol?
People can apply directly to their council if they will be 18 years of age or over on 24 October 2020 and:

  • own property in a council area but don’t live in the council area and were not enrolled at the last council election
  • are non-Australian citizens who live and pay rates in the council area
  • pay rates on a property they occupy in the council area
  • are a director or company secretary of a corporation that pays rates to the council.

A maximum of two owners and two occupants can be enrolled for any one rateable property through the council.

Do you have to be enrolled to nominate for election?
Yes, prospective candidates are reminded that they must be on the voters’ roll of the council they wish to stand in, either as a State or council-enrolled voter, and fulfil other eligibility requirements under the Local Government Act 2020.

Is voting compulsory for council elections?
Yes, voting is compulsory for all State-enrolled voters. State-enrolled voters who do not vote and do not have a satisfactory excuse for failing to vote will be fined.

How will these elections be conducted?
The 2020 local council elections will be held by post for all councils in Victoria.

Ballot packs will be mailed to all enrolled voters between Tuesday 6 and Thursday 8 October. Completed ballot material must be mailed or hand-delivered to the election office by 6 pm Friday 23 October.

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