|It has been confirmed today that the Victorian local government elections for 2020 will proceed in October as planned.
The Minister for Local Government has confirmed that all local government elections in 2020 will be conducted by post.
Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately AM acknowledged the announcement.
“The upcoming local government elections in Victoria will support continuity of democratic representation for Victorian communities,” Mr Gately said.
“The VEC will continue to monitor and implement advice issued by the Chief Health Officer of Victoria to ensure the elections are conducted with minimal risk to the health and safety of Victorians.”
Ballot packs will be mailed to voters and will include voting instructions, candidate information, a ballot paper, and a reply-paid envelope. Postal voting is completely secret.
“We will continue to liaise with Australia Post, given their critical role in the elections.”
Voters must confirm they are enrolled on either the State electoral roll or their council roll before 4pm on Friday 28th August 2020.
The VEC will take additional measures to protect the health and wellbeing of staff, candidates, and the public. This includes provisions to maintain physical distancing requirements and hygiene standards at all election office and count locations.
It’s anticipated the adjustments will extend the time period for finalising results by one week.
It is important to remember that voting is compulsory for voters who are on the State roll. State-enrolled voters who don’t vote may be fined.