The Victorian Government has introduced new voting enrolment rules that require some ratepayers to make an application in order to vote in this year's Council elections.
There are three steps you need to take to ensure you have the right to vote in these elections.
- Find out whether you need to make an application in order to vote;
- If you are required, complete the appropriate application form;
- Submit the application form before 4pm on Friday 28 August 2020.
Step 1: Do I need to make an application to vote?
Different categories of ratepayers and residents have different enrolment requirements.
If you are a state elector
If you are enrolled to vote in state elections within the Borough, and have lived in the Borough for at least a month, you are automatically enrolled and entitled to vote. You do not need to do anything. If you are in this category, you do not need to submit a form even if other categories below apply to you. To check your details are up to date, visit vec.vic.gov.au/Enrolment
If you are an owner ratepayer who was enrolled in the last Council election
If you are a non-resident ratepayer who was enrolled to vote in the Borough for the last Council election and your details have not changed, you are automatically enrolled and entitled to vote. You do not need to do anything. If you are in this category, you do not need to submit a form even if other categories below apply to you. Council will submit your details to the VEC. Click here to download the correct form if you need to update your details.
If you are a new owner ratepayer who was not enrolled in the last Council election
If you are a new non-resident ratepayer who was not enrolled to vote in the Borough for the last Council election, you will need to submit an application in order to vote. Click here to download the correct owner ratepayer form to apply to vote.
If you are an occupier ratepayers (eg. a tenant who pays rates)
If you are an occupier ratepayer, you will need to apply to vote even if you voted in the last Council election. Click here to download the correct occupier form to apply to vote.
If you are a company director or secretary
You will need to apply to vote even if you voted in the last Council election. If you are a company OWNER download and complete this form. If you are a company OCCUPIER download and complete this form.
For further information, see the below graphic from the Victorian Electoral Commission
Step 2: Complete the application form
If you've determined you need to apply to vote, download the correct form above and complete it in full. You can complete this on the computer or print off a copy to complete by hand. Please ensure all your details are accurate and completed in full.
Step 3: Submit your application
You can submit your application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put "Enrolment to vote" in the subject line to help us ensure your application gets where it needs to go.
You can also submit your form by post to 50 Learmonth Street Queenscliffe VIC 3225.
ALL FORMS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 4PM ON FRIDAY 28 AUGUST. Applications received after the deadline cannot be accepted.
The Victorian Electoral Commission conducts Victorian State elections, local council elections, certain statutory elections, and commercial and community elections.
The current Council was elected in October 2016 and, under the Local Government Act 1989, is elected for a four-year term. The Summary of Election Campaign Donation Returns is available for download HERE.
Each Councillor is appointed a portfolio area; some also have delegations to various boards, committees and associations that are listed in their profiles.
The 2016 general election was held by postal ballot with a Returning Officer appointed to the Borough to manage the conduct of the election, including candidate nominations and public enquiries at the Council offices.
The Victorian Electoral Commission is required to carry out compulsory voting enforcement in the Borough. Failure to vote notices will be issued and managed by the Victorian Electoral Commission.