Information for voters

Council Elections 2016

The Mildura Rural City Council general election will be conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) on Saturday 22 October 2016. This process will see the election of nine Councillors that will serve the community from 2016 to 2020.

The Council is responsible for making important decisions in the best interests of the local community. It is the right and responsibility of everyone on the electoral roll to vote; elections are your opportunity to have a say about how you would like to be represented in local government, by choosing the candidate/s who best represent your views.

Voting Information

The Mildura Rural City Council general election will be conducted by postal voting. Ballot packs will be posted to voters early October 2016. Completed ballot papers must be returned by 6pm, on Friday 21 October 2016.

Am I enrolled to Vote?

If you’re 18 or over on election day and live, or are a ratepayer in the Mildura Rural City Council municipality, you are eligible to vote. In order to vote you must be correctly enrolled on the Council voters’ roll by 4pm, on Friday 26 August 2016.

You will be automatically enrolled to vote if:

  • You are on the State Electoral Roll for your current address; or
  • You own property in the municipality (but live in a different municipality); and you are the first or second-named person on Council's rates record.

You can check your enrolment details on the Victorian State roll VEC website

You can also apply to Council to be enrolled for this election if you are not otherwise enrolled and you are an eligible voter in one of the categories listed below.

Entitlement to Vote

There are five categories of people who are entitled to vote in Council elections:

  • Resident voters
    Everyone who has enrolled to vote in State and Federal elections is automatically enrolled to vote in the Council elections where they live. This includes Australian citizens aged 18 and over who have lived at their current address for at least one month.

    Voting is compulsory for this category of voter.

  • Non-resident voter
    Owners of property who are listed on Council's rate records as not living at their property will automatically be included on the voters roll; however only two owners can be enrolled per property.

    People in this category are encourage to vote, however won’t be fined if they choose not to.

  • Non-citizen resident ratepayers
    People who are not Australian citizens, but own and reside in a property in the Mildura Rural City Council municipality and are aged over 18 can apply to be enrolled on the voters roll. Up to two owners per property may apply.

    People in this category are encourage to vote, however won’t be fined if they choose not to.

  • Occupier ratepayers
    Up to two occupiers of a property may apply to be enrolled to vote in place of the owners if they pay the rates and have written agreement from the owners, or if the Council rates notice is addressed to them.

    Occupiers of shops and commercial industrial properties are encourage to be enrolled and vote (provided the above applies) but it is not compulsory. 

  • Company Directors/Secretaries
    A corporation which owns or occupies a property in the municipality and pays rates, may appoint a director or company secretary to represent it on the voters’ roll. The person it appoints cannot be otherwise eligible to vote in the municipality.

A person can only have one vote in the Mildura Rural City Council elections, irrespective of how many properties they own or occupy within the municipality.

The deadline for applications for enrolment is 4pm, on Friday 26 August 2016. Please contact the Governance Unit on 5018 8100 if you wish to apply to be enrolled to vote for the 2016 Mildura Rural City Council elections.

Do I have to Vote?

Yes. If you are enrolled to vote, then you must vote, unless:

  • You are aged 70 or older; or
  • You live outside the municipality; or
  • You applied to Council to be on the roll

In these cases, you are encouraged to vote in the Mildura Rural City Council election, however you will not be fined if you choose not to.

The Victorian Electoral Commission also has an Easy English Guide on How to vote in Local Council Attendance Elections.

Apparent Failure to Vote Notices

Following the Council Election, the Victorian Electoral Commission will prepare and issue Apparent Failure to Vote notices to persons who were required to vote at the General Election but were not recorded as having voted.

What is an Apparent Failure to Vote Notice?

The apparent failure to vote notice is issued by the Victorian Electoral Commission on behalf of the Council. The notice invites persons who were required to vote at the election and who appear not to have voted to provide an explanation why they failed to vote. They may also contest that they did vote if they believe they are incorrectly recorded as not having voted.

The apparent failure to vote notice is not an infringement notice and does not attract a fine.

How do I provide my excuse for not voting?

A detailed explanation of why you failed to vote at the election must be added to the form on the back of the notice. The entire, completed form must then be returned within 28 days of the date of the notice.

If the explanation is considered sufficient, not further action will be taken. If the reason is not considered sufficient or no response is received, an infringement notice may be issued.

It is an offence to provide a false excuse for failing to vote at an election.

Election Period (Caretaker) Policy

Mildura Rural City Council adopted a specific Election Period (Caretaker) Policy(PDF, 41KB) at the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 24 March 2016. This policy outlines the restrictions, requirements and expectations that apply during the period leading up to an election.

In relation to the 2016 General Council election, the election period is 32 days prior to election day. The election period commences on 20 September 2016.

Contact Us

For further information about voting in the Council Election, please contact the Governance Unit on (03) 5018 8100.