Election Statistics - Voter participation rates

The following charts compare the participation rates of voters in Victorian local council elections. Each rate is the overall rate for all councils holding elections in that financial year. Only elections conducted by the VEC since 2000 are included. By-elections have not been included. For information about by-elections, please contact the VEC.

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Overall participation rates in postal elections

1999-2000 75.57%
2000-2001 78.48%
2001-2002 73.78%
2002-2003 76.42%
2003-2004N/A
2004-2005 75.07%
2005-2006 75.66%
2006-2007N/A
2007-2008N/A
2008-2009 76.44% (excluding City of Melbourne leadership team)
75.51% (including City of Melbourne leadership team)
2009-2010N/A
2010-2011N/A
2011-2012N/A
2012-2013 72.53% (excluding City of Melbourne leadership team and City of Greater Geelong mayoral candidates)
72.57% (including City of Melbourne leadership team and City of Greater Geelong mayoral candidates)

Overall participation rates in attendance elections

1999-2000 65.07%
2000-2001N/A
2001-2002 64.62%
2002-2003 71.16%
2003-2004N/A
2004-2005 55.65%
2005-2006 72.80%
2006-2007N/A
2007-2008N/A
2008-2009 70.03%
2009-2010N/A
2010-2011N/A
2011-2012N/A
2012-2013 63.62%

Overall participation rates in regional and outer metropolitan municipalities

1999-2000 76.75%
2000-2001 78.48%
2001-2002 79.35%
2002-2003 77.77%
2003-2004N/A
2004-2005 79.39%
2005-2006 76.70%
2006-2007N/A
2007-2008N/A
2008-2009 78.26%
2009-2010N/A
2010-2011N/A
2011-2012N/A
2012-2013 76.20% (excluding City of Greater Geelong mayoral candidates)
76.32% (including City of Greater Geelong mayoral candidates)

Overall participation rates in metropolitan municipalities

1999-2000 72.60%
2000-2001N/A
2001-2002 68.83%
2002-2003 73.91%
2003-2004N/A
2004-2005 66.69%
2005-2006 74.40%
2006-2007N/A
2007-2008N/A
2008-2009 72.85% (excluding City of Melbourne leadership team)
73.29% (including City of Melbourne leadership team)
2009-2010N/A
2010-2011N/A
2011-2012N/A
2012-2013 68.90% (excluding City of Melbourne leadership team)
68.90% (including City of Melbourne leadership team)
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