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Voting - 2020 Council election

The election process for Council elections is managed by the Victorian Electoral Commission.

Voting in the Maroondah City Council election in October 2020 will be by postSee How to vote below

Enrolling to vote

Voting enrolment closed at 4pm Friday 28 August

See more on the VEC website about enrolling for Council elections

Compulsory voting

Voting is compulsory for all voters who were on the State roll at 4 pm on Friday 28 August 2020. You may be fined if you do not vote — this includes homeowners and tenants. It is now compulsory for people over 70 to vote, following law changes that came into effect in March 2020. If you do not vote, you may get a fine.

 You are encouraged to vote, but you will not be fined if you don't vote, if:

  • you live outside your local council area OR
  • you are enrolled directly with the Council to be on the voters' roll for this election.

If you care for a person who is incapable of understanding the nature and significance of voting, see the VEC website for Removing someone from the roll

How to vote

Voting will be by post only.

The Victorian Electoral Commission will post ballot packs to enrolled voters from Tuesday 6 October 2020If you don't receive your ballot pack by Friday 16 October 2020, please call (03) 8619 1443 during office hours to arrange a replacement.

The ballot pack will contain:

  • a ballot paper attached to statements and photographs lodged by the candidates in your council or ward
  • a ballot paper envelope with a flap
  • voting instructions
  • a reply-paid envelope.

Your completed ballot pack must be in the mail or hand-delivered to 259–261 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood by 6 pm Friday 23 October.

For more information on voting in council elections visit the VEC website: How to vote

Who is standing for election?

Nominations for the Victorian local council elections closed on Tuesday 22 September. See the candidates at: VEC website: Candidate information

You can also enter your address and find out your ward

Help for voters who need it

The Victorian Electoral Commission has a range of information

Failure to vote

If you are on the Voters' Roll for Maroondah in local Council Elections being held on 24 October 2020 and you don't vote, you will receive an Apparent failure to vote notice in January 2021 from the Victorian Electoral Commission, under the provisions of the Local Government Act 2020. (Note: this excludes those who are council-enrolled voters as above.)

The notice will invite persons who were required to vote at the Council elections and who appear not to have voted to provide an explanation for why they failed to vote. You could also contest that you did, in fact, vote at the elections if you believe that you were incorrectly recorded as not having voted.

Infringement notices

Infringement notices will be issued in March 2021 by the Victorian Electoral Commission to persons who were issued with an 'Apparent failure to vote notice' in January 2021 and who either failed to respond within the 28-day timeframe or failed to provide a satisfactory response. Infringement notices will carry a penalty. If that penalty is not paid, then a penalty reminder notice will be issued with an additional cost.

Contact the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC)

25/08/2020
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