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Postal voting in the 2020 local council elections in Victoria



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hi

i'm jess from the victorian electoral

commission or vec

the vec runs local council and state

elections in victoria

it's important to vote to ensure your

voice is heard by those who make

decisions about things that affect the

way you live

local council elections will take place

across victoria this october

the elections will be held by posts for

all councils except casey and whittlesea

city councils and south gippsland shire

council

these three councils are currently under

administration

ballot packs will be mailed to everyone

on the voters role for the council

elections

from the 6th to the 8th of october your

council pack will look like this

and will have the vec logo on the

envelope unless you're on the voter's

role for melbourne city council

in which case you'll receive this

slightly larger version

in the ballot pack you will find

candidate statements attached to the

ballot paper

voting instructions a ballot paper

envelope with a flap

and a reply paid envelope in the metro

areas there will also be a

multi-language leaflet

you separate the ballot paper from the

candidate statements and consider the

statements

further information and contact details

for the candidates can be found on the

vec's website

vec.vic.gov.eu

once you have considered who you wish to

vote for complete the ballot paper by

putting a number 1

in the box next to the candidate you

most want to win

place a number two in the box next to

your second choice and keep numbering

all the boxes in order of your choice

be careful to use numbers only and not

accidentally repeat any number twice

place the completed ballot paper in the

ballot paper envelope that's the one

with the flap

and seal it then fill out your details

on the flap and sign and date it

we remove the flat when we receive your

vote back and use those details to mark

you off the roll

so it's important to ensure you complete

the ballot paper envelope addressed to

you

place the ballot paper envelope into the

reply paid envelope

and get it into the mail as soon as

possible it's really important that you

complete and return your vote promptly

as it must be in the mail or hand

delivered to the election office

by the close of voting at 6 p.m on

friday the 23rd of october

as australia post collection pick up

times vary across the state

it's a good idea to check with your

local postbox for collection days and

times

an even better idea is to get it posted

as soon as you can

so you don't need to worry about the

collection times at the last minute

now if you're on the role for the

melbourne city council elections you'll

receive

two ballot papers the small pink ballot

paper is for the election of the

leadership team

which consists of the lord mayor and the

deputy lord mayor

there will also be a booklet for the

leadership team containing candidate

photos

a team statement and the indication of

preferences

the larger blue ballot paper is for the

election of nine councillors

there will be a group voting ticket

booklet with voting instructions

candidate photos and statements a ballot

paper envelope with a flap

and a reply paid envelope to mail it

back you should consider the statements

from the leadership team candidates

and those of the counsellors too as

always some further information is

available on the vec's website

in the form of statements responses to

the questionnaires and contact details

to vote for the leadership team place a

number one in the box next to the team

you most want to see elected

and number two next to your second

choice and so on until all of the boxes

are numbered in order of your choice

the larger blue ballot paper is for the

election of melbourne's nine councillors

you can either vote above the line for

the group of councillors you most wish

to see elected

and you are done or number all of the

boxes alongside the individual

counsellor candidates below the line

in order of your choice as there are a

lot of candidates take special care not

to accidentally repeat a number below

the line

if you make a mistake just put a line

through the error write the correct

number next to the box marked in error

take both completed ballot papers place

them in the ballot paper envelope

remember that's the one with the flap

seal it and complete your details

sign and date it then put the ballot

paper envelope into the reply paid

envelope

now get posting as we've already

mentioned in the mail before 6 pm friday

the 23rd of october

not to put too fine a point on it

you