Any handbill, pamphlet or card that is handed to voters at voting centres that shows how a party or candidate would like voters to fill in their ballot papers is classed as a 'how-to-vote card'.
Where can I hand out how-to-vote cards?
For State elections
Any how-to-vote cards handed out within 400 metres of a voting centre on election day must be registered by the VEC. They are the only form of printed electoral material that may be lawfully distributed at voting centres on election day.
How-to-vote cards distributed during the early voting period do not have to be registered (except during mobile voting). How-to-vote cards distributed during early voting must be authorised.
By law, the VEC must display registered how-to-vote cards at the VEC head office and on the website and ensure that they represent formal votes. The VEC is not responsible for the way in which the political party, organisation or individual has directed preferences - nor whether they register multiple cards for the one district or region.
For council elections (attendance elections only)
Registered how-to-vote cards are the only form of printed electoral material which may be lawfully distributed within 400 metres of a voting centre on election day or at an early voting centre during early voting. Anyone can register a how-to-vote card - a member of the public, a candidate, an organisation, etc.
How-to-vote cards registered for attendance council elections may be viewed at the relevant election office. A list of registered how-to-vote cards will be available on this website.