Pyrenees Shire Council, Beaufort Ward by-election

A by-election is currently being held for Pyrenees Shire Council’s Beaufort Ward. This is a postal election.

Candidate nominations have closed. See who has nominated.

IMPORTANT: If you have not received your ballot pack, or if the final mail clearance time in your area is before 6.00 pm tonight, you can vote by attending the election office.

Your completed ballot material must be in the mail before the close of voting at 6.00 pm* on Friday 17 August.

It should be posted as soon as possible, following the instructions in the ballot pack, or can be delivered to the election office in person no later than 6.00 pm on Friday 17 August.

*Local mail clearance times vary. Ballot material must be mailed before final clearance times in the last week of voting

Important dates

Tuesday 15 May 2018 Date of vacancy
Friday 22 June 2018 Enrolment closes 4.00 pm
Thursday 12 July 2018 Nominations open
Tuesday 17 July 2018 Nominations are closed – find out who has nominated
Wednesday 18 July 2018 Last chance to respond to candidate questionnaire, lodge candidate statements and photos, 12 noon
Tuesday 31 July – Thursday 2 August 2018 Mail-out of ballot packs
Friday 17 August 2018 Voting closes 6.00 pm

Returning Officer

The Returning Officer for the Beaufort by-election is Peter Reid.

Election office

An election office will open to the public between 13 and 17 August at:

Pyrenees Shire Council
Beeripmo Centre
1 Lawrence Street
Beaufort

Election office opening hours:

  • Monday 13 – Wednesday 15 August: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
  • Thursday 16 August: 9:00 am – 8.00 pm
  • Friday 17 August: 9:00 am – 6.00pm

This by-election will be conducted entirely by post. The VEC will post ballot packs between Tuesday 31 July and Thursday 2 August 2018 to all voters enrolled in Beaufort Ward.

Follow the instructions in the ballot pack so that your completed ballot material is in the mail before 6.00 pm on Friday 17 August 2018.

Voting is compulsory

Voting is compulsory for voters listed on the State roll for this by-election at 4.00 pm on Friday 22 June 2018.

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 or
  • live outside Beaufort Ward or
  • applied to Council to be on the roll.

If you will be away

Ballot packs will be mailed between Tuesday 31 July and Thursday 2 August 2018 to all correctly enrolled voters.

  • If you will be away from your mailing address when ballot packs arrive visit the election office from Thursday 12 July to Friday 20 July and make a request to vote early. An early ballot paper can only be issued in person at the election office if the request is reasonable.
  • If you will be away from your mailing address for the entire voting period, from Wednesday 18 July to Friday 17 August, you can apply for a replacement ballot pack to be mailed to an alternative address.
    Please call the election office on (03) 8619 1495 for a replacement pack.

Please note:

  • Voters issued with a replacement vote may also receive a 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 enrolled voter has one vote for the Beaufort Ward by-election.

If you are on the State electoral roll within Beaufort Ward on Friday 22 June 2018 it is compulsory to vote for that address.

If you are not on the State electoral roll for Beaufort Ward but you own a property and are enrolled for Beaufort Ward, you are encouraged to vote but it is not compulsory to vote.

If you own multiple properties in Beaufort Ward (and you are not on the State electoral roll for any of those properties), you have until 4.00 pm on Friday 22 June to nominate the property you wish to vote for. If you do not nominate a property, 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 Assistance for voters

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, you can expect your material to be mailed to you from Tuesday 31 July to Thursday 2 August 2018.

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

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

Further information

Candidates can appoint scrutineers to observe the issuing of ballot papers and the counting of votes on their behalf.

The scrutineer handbook and scrutineer appointment form are available at Candidate forms and 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 on Saturday 18 August 2018, and
  • you live in Beaufort 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 Pyrenees Shire Council, or if you own or pay rates for a property or corporation within Beaufort Ward.

If you recently moved into Beaufort Ward and did not update your address details before Friday 22 June you may not be able to vote in this election.

If you recently moved within or moved out of Beaufort Ward and did not update your address details before Friday 22 June you will be sent a ballot pack for your previous address. You must vote for your old address or risk a fine.