Voting in an election

Enrolling to vote

Federal enrolment

To find out about options available to help you cast your vote at the 2022 federal election visit the Australian Electoral Commission website.

State enrolment

  • If you’re an Australian citizen and 18 years or over, and have lived in Manningham for at least 1 month, you’ll need to register with the Victorian Electoral Commission.
  • If you aren’t on the state electoral roll and have lived in Manningham for at least 1 month. And you’re 18 years or over, you’ll need to enrol with the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC).

You can apply, check and amend your state enrolment details online at vec.vic.gov.au.

Voting in council elections is compulsory if you’re on the state electoral roll.

Council enrolment

You can apply to vote in council elections if you’re:

  • aged 18 years or over
  • pay property rates and are otherwise not able to vote.

This includes:

  • non-Australian citizens
  • property owners who don’t live in Manningham and previously not on the voters’ roll as a non-resident owner
  • people who live in rateable property and liable to pay the rates
  • directors or company secretaries whose appointments are on behalf of a rate paying corporation and represent their interests.

Voting isn’t compulsory if you’re only on a council electoral roll.

You can download the relevant application form below. There’s further information in the forms that’ll help. Return the completed form to us by email, by mail, or in person.

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Voting process

In what order do the names of the candidates appear

A single, random draw determines in which order names will appear on a ballot. The election manager conducts the draw at the election officer after the close of nominations. The election manager will tell the candidates the time of the draw.

Voting in council elections is by post

You’ll receive a ballot pack and contains ballot papers by mail. The packs will have instructions and information about the candidates. Don’t worry if you don’t receive a ballot pack at the same time as someone you live with. They’re posted in random order to enrolled voters.

Return your ballot paper by mail.

What to do if you’ve changed your address

If you’ve changed address after the close of the roll or can’t collect your ballot pack, you’re able to request a redirect to your new address. To request a redirect, make sure it’s done before nominations have closed. You can make a request for an early postal vote after nominations have closed if you have a good reason.

How to check your enrolment status

You can apply, check and update your enrolment details online at vec.vic.gov.au or pick up an enrolment form at any post office or AEC office.

For further information on voting in council elections, visit the Victorian Electoral Commission and Know Your Council.

Contact us

If you would like to speak with someone about your Council enrolment, please call 9840 9333.

You can find us at Office 7 The Point Corporate Centre, 600 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster.

 

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