Knox City Council, Collier Ward by-election

A by-election for Collier Ward will be held in March 2019. This will be an attendance election.

Enrolment for this by-election has now closed. You must vote if you were correctly enrolled by 4.00 pm on Friday 1 February 2019. You can vote early or vote by post from Wednesday 27 February. You can also vote on election day, Saturday 30 March.

Important dates

Friday 7 December 2018 Date of vacancy
Friday 1 February 2019 Enrolment closes 4.00 pm
Wednesday 20 February 2019 Election office opens
Thursday 21 February 2019 Nominations open
Tuesday 26 February 2019 Nominations close 12 noon
Wednesday 27 February 2019

Last chance to respond to candidate questionnaire 12 noon

Early and postal voting opens

How-to-vote card registration opens

Friday 22 March 2019 How-to-vote card registration closes 12 noon
Thursday 28 March 2019 Postal vote applications close 12 noon
Friday 29 March 2019 Voting closes 6.00 pm
Saturday 30 March 2019 Election day 8.00 am – 6.00 pm
Friday 5 April 2019 Postal vote receipt closes 12 noon

If you would like to receive alerts for this by-election via email or SMS, sign up to VoterAlert

Election office

The election office will open weekdays from Wednesday 20 February to Friday 29 March 2019.

Address and opening hours will be available closer to the opening date.

Voting options

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Early voting

Early voting will be available from Wednesday 27 February to Friday 29 March.


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Vote by post

Applications for postal vote open Wednesday 27 February, and close at 12.00 noon, Thursday 28 March.

You do not need to apply if you are a general postal voter, as your ballot material will be mailed to you from Friday 1 March.

Find out more about General postal voters


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Vote on election day

You can vote between 8.00 am and 6.00 pm on Saturday 30 March.

Voting centre locations will be available close to election day.

Every voter registered in Collier Ward will also receive an EasyVote notice with voting centre details.


Voting is compulsory

Voting is compulsory for voters listed on the State roll for this by-election at 4.00 pm on Friday 1 February 2019.

Enrolled residents may be fined if they do not vote. This includes homeowners and tenants.

You are encouraged to vote (but won’t be fined if you don’t) if you:

  • are aged 70 years or over
  • live outside Collier Ward
  • applied to Council to be on the roll.

If you will be away

If you will be interstate or overseas on Saturday 30 March, you can apply for a postal vote or vote early.

An online postal vote application form will be available on this website from Wednesday 27 February.

I have multiple properties—do I get multiple votes?

Each enrolled voter has one vote for the Collier Ward by-election.

If own more than one property in Collier Ward and you:

  • are on the State electoral roll within the ward, it is compulsory to vote for that address
  • are not on the State electoral within the ward, but you are enrolled directly with Council, you can nominate which property you wish to vote for. If you did not nominate a property before 4.00 pm on Friday 1 February, the Council will choose one for you.

Assistance for voters with a physical, sensory or cognitive impairment

There are a number of different types of assistance available for voters.

Find out about Help for voters

Can I have a large print or braille ballot material?

If you are blind or have low vision, and have not already registered, you can register to receive large print or braille ballot material. To register, please call (03) 8620 1122 by Wednesday 20 February 2019. Late registrations cannot be accepted.

Nominating

Nominations:

  • open on Thursday 21 February 2019
  • close at 12 noon on Tuesday 26 February 2019.

Candidate information session

The VEC will be holding an information session for prospective candidates.

7.00 pm Wednesday 20 February
Civic Offices, Function Room 2
511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South.

Candidate Information Kits containing nomination forms and other election information including Election Campaign Donation Returns - Guidance material will be available at this session.

How to nominate

The Candidate Helper is now available to allow prospective candidates to pre-fill a nomination form before lodging it with the Returning Officer.

Once completed, print the form and lodge it in person with the Returning Officer along with the $250 nomination fee.

Important: your completed nomination form must be signed in front of the Returning Officer.

The nomination fee must be in cash or a bank, building society or credit union cheque (personal cheques cannot be accepted).

Please note that nominations cannot be submitted before Thursday 21 February.

You should also use the candidate helper to respond to the candidate questionnaire. Responses to the questionnaire will provide information to voters about the background and qualifications of each candidate. Responses will be publicly available. Lodgment of questionnaires opens 9.00 am Thursday 21 February and closes 12 noon Wednesday 27 February.

More information

Find out more about the nomination process:

Enrolment for this by-election has now closed

You are enrolled for this by-election if:

  • you will be 18 years of age or over on Saturday 30 March 2019, and
  • you live in Collier Ward, and
  • you are on the State electoral roll for your present address.

You may also be enrolled to vote for this by-election if you have previously applied directly to Knox City Council, or if you own or pay rates for a property or corporation within Collier Ward.

If you recently moved into Collier Ward and did not update your address details before Friday 1 February you may not be able to vote in this election.

If you recently moved within or moved out of Collier Ward and did not update your details before Friday 1 February you must vote for your previous address. If you do not vote, you risk getting a fine.