Melbourne City Council, Lord Mayor by-election

A by-election for the vacant position of Lord Mayor will be held in May 2018. It will be conducted entirely by postal voting, with ballot packs mailed to voters between Monday 23 April and Thursday 26 April.

Voting is compulsory for all voters listed on the Melbourne City Council voters roll at 4.00 pm on Friday 16 March 2018.

When you receive your ballot pack you must complete your ballot paper, and return it as soon as possible using the reply paid envelope.

Alternatively, you may hand-deliver your completed ballot material to the election office by 6.00 pm on Friday 11 May 2018.

Completed ballot material must be posted – or in the hands of the Returning Officer – by 6.00 pm on Friday 11 May 2018, when voting closes. Ballot material posted after this date cannot be accepted and you may incur a fine.

Nominations have closed for this by-election. See who has nominated (in ballot draw order).

Important dates

Monday 5 February 2018 Date of vacancy
Friday 16 March 2018 Enrolment closes 4.00 pm
Thursday 5 April 2018 Nominations open
Tuesday 10 April 2018 Nominations have closed – find out who has nominated
Wednesday 11 April 2018 Last chance to lodge candidate statements and photos, 12 noon
Monday 16 April 2018 Last chance to respond to candidate questionnaire
Monday 23 April – Thursday 26 April 2018 Mail-out of ballot packs
Friday 11 May 2018 Voting closes 6.00 pm

Returning Officer

The Returning Officer for the Melbourne City Council Lord Mayor by-election is Bill Lang.

Election office

The election office is located at:

  • Level 4
    530 Collins Street
    Melbourne

Hours:

  • Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Extended hours:

  • Thursday 10 May, 9.00am to 8.00pm
  • Friday 11 May, 9.00am to 6.00pm.

All election information can be found on this website. Should you have any other enquiries regarding the election contact (03) 8619 1498.

This by-election will be conducted entirely by post. Ballot packs will be posted between Monday 23 April and Thursday 26 April 2018 to all voters enrolled in City of Melbourne.

Follow the instructions in the ballot pack so that your completed ballot material is in the mail before 6.00 pm on Friday 11 May 2018.

Voting is compulsory

Voting is compulsory for everyone under the age of 70 (including non-Australian citizens and corporation voting representatives) enrolled on the Melbourne City Council voters roll at 4.00 pm on Friday 16 March 2018.

If you are enrolled and you fail to vote, you may be fined.

If you will be away

Ballot packs will be mailed between Monday 23 April and Thursday 26 April 2018 to all enrolled voters.

If you will be away during the election you have two options:

  1. Apply for a replacement ballot pack to be delivered to an alternative or forwarding address. Please call the election office on (03) 8619 1498 for a replacement pack.
  2. Visit the election office between Wednesday 11 April and Friday 11 May and make a request to vote early, in person. An early ballot paper can only be issued in person at the election office if the request is reasonable.

Please note:

  • Voters issued with a replacement vote may also receive their original ballot pack through the general mail out—but only one vote can be returned in an election.

I have multiple properties—do I get multiple votes?

Each voter has one vote for the Melbourne City Council Lord Mayor by-election.

Corporations that solely own or occupy rateable property within the City of Melbourne are entitled to two votes per corporation.

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 assistance

Can I have a large print or braille ballot material?

Registrations for large print or braille ballot material have now closed.

If you have registered, the ballot material will be mailed to you from Monday 23 April to Thursday 26 April.

If you have any queries about large print or braille ballot material, please call (03) 8620 1122.

Nominations for this by-election have closed.

See who has nominated (in ballot draw order).

Candidate statements and responses to the candidate questionnaire, where provided, can be viewed on the nominations page.

Further information

Candidates can appoint scrutineers to observe certain electoral procedures on their behalf.

The scrutineer handbook and scrutineer appointment form are available at Candidate forms & handbooks.

To find out who has nominated in ballot paper order, visit the nominations page.

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, and
  • you live within the City of Melbourne, and
  • you are on the State electoral roll for your current address.

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

If you recently moved into the City of Melbourne and did not update your address details before Friday 16 March you cannot vote in this by-election.

If you recently moved within or moved out of the City of Melbourne and did not update your address details before Friday 16 March, you will be sent a ballot pack for your previous address. You must vote for your previous City of Melbourne address or risk a fine.

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