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Voting - 2020 Council election

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

Compulsory voting

Voting was 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 

Failure to vote

If you are on the State Roll for Maroondah in local Council Elections that were held on 24 October 2020 and did not 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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