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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

If you are enrolled to vote for the Victorian State Election and are a Maroondah resident, then you are automatically enrolled to vote at Council Elections and it is compulsory to vote. This means you are a state-enrolled voter.

If you are a council-enrolled voter, voting is not compulsory. See more about this on the VEC website:Enrolling for Council elections

It is no longer optional 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.

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.

The Victorian Electoral Commission will post ballot packs to enrolled voters between Tuesday 6 October and Thursday 8 October 2020.

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.

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)

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