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Council elections

Information for voters and candidates who want to stand for election.

The next general election for the East Gippsland Shire Council will be held on Saturday 24 October 2020.

 

The Victorian Electoral Office (VEC) will manage the election process. An office will be located at 54 Service Street, Bairnsdale from 16 September 2020 to assist voters and candidates.

 

It is a postal election. Enrolled voters will be sent a ballot pack between 6-8 October 2020. If you do not get your ballot pack by Monday 12 October 2020 contact the Victorian Electoral Commission on 131 832.

 

Voting is compulsory for all state enrolled voters.

Everyone enrolled to vote MUST lodge their Ballot Paper with Australia Post by 6.00 pm on Friday 23 October 2020. If you do not vote you may receive a fine from the Victorian Electoral Commission.

 

Ward structure

East Gippsland Shire is an un-subdivided municipality and all councillors represent the whole shire.

This was determined by Minister for Local Government following a review of East Gippsland Shire’s electoral structure in 2019.

These reviews are held regularly for all Victorian councils. Further information is available at Local Government Victoria.

 

Election period

The election period starts at midday on Tuesday 22 September 2020 and finishes at 6.00 pm on Election Day, 24 October 2020.

Council has adopted an Election Period Policy to ensure the election is conducted in an environment that is open and fair to all candidates by setting out procedures and practices to be followed during the pre-election period.

 

Information for voters is below.

If you are considering nominating as a candidate for election, see our Information for Candidates page.

 

Who can enrol to vote. How to enrol to vote

Electoral rolls will close at 4pm Friday 28 August 2020.

A range of people, including those who may not live in the shire, have a right to vote in the election, as follows.

 

Residential voters

If you are enrolled to vote in the State elections you are automatically enrolled to vote in Council elections.

This typically applies to Australian citizens aged 18 and over who have lived at their current address for at least one month.  

If you are an East Gippsland Shire resident, you will need to be enrolled to vote on the State electoral roll.

You can check your enrollment details with the Victorian Electoral Commission.

If you have changed your name, postal or residential address you must update your enrolment details before 4pm on Friday 28 August 2020.

Voting is compulsory for residents.

 

To apply to enrol in any of the below categories, your completed form needs to be returned by 4pm Friday 28 August 2020.

 

Non-resident owners enrolled for the 2016 Council elections

Do you own property in East Gippsland Shire but live in another shire? Were you enrolled in the shire for the 2016 elections? If so, you will be automatically enrolled to vote.

If the property is jointly-owned Council will enrol two owners without you needing to apply to enrol.

If the property is jointly-owned by more than two people, the owners may change which two people are enrolled. Complete the Owner Ratepayer - variation of enrolled owners form.

Up to two owners per property may apply.

You can only be enrolled to vote once in each municipality (you do not get more than one vote if you own multiple properties in East Gippsland).

 

Non-resident owners - property purchased after August 2016

Do you own property in East Gippsland Shire but live in another shire? Did you purchase your East Gippsland property after August 2016?

You will not be automatically included on the roll for East Gippsland Shire elections, but you can apply to enrol in the election.

Complete the Owner Ratepayer – Application for enrolment form.

Up to two owners per property may apply.

You can only be enrolled to vote once in each municipality (you do not get more than one vote if you own multiple properties in East Gippsland).

It is not compulsory to enrol to vote in this category.

 

Owners who are not Australian citizens

If you are not an Australian citizen but own a property in East Gippsland Shire and are aged 18 and over, you can apply to be enrolled.

Complete the Owner Ratepayer - Application for enrolment form.

Up to two owners per property may apply.

 

Occupiers who pay the rates for the property to Council

If you occupy a property and pay the rates to Council or stipulates in your lease agreement that you pay the rates, you can apply to be enrolled.

Council encourages occupiers of shops, commercial and industrial properties to apply to be enrolled on the Chief Executive Officers voters’ list.

Complete the Occupier Ratepayer – Application for enrolment form.

 

Up to two owners and two occupiers per property may apply.

You can only be enrolled to vote once in each municipality. If you are a resident or ratepayer you can not enroll to vote as an occupier.

It is not compulsory to enrol to vote in this category.

 

Corporation nominees

A corporation owning or occupying a property in East Gippsland Shire where it pays the rates either directly to Council or stipulated in the lease agreement, may appoint either a director or company secretary to represent it on the Chief Executive Officers voters’ list.

The person appointed cannot be otherwise eligible to vote in the municipality.

 

To appoint a representative to vote on behalf of a corporation owning a property complete the Corporation owner – voting representative form.

To appoint a representative to vote on behalf of a corporation occupying a property complete the Corporation occupier – voting representative form.

 

Up to two owners and two occupiers per property may apply.

It is not compulsory to enrol to vote in this category.

 

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