Informal voting statistics

A breakdown of informal voting rates for local council elections held across Victoria.

The following charts compare the rates of informal voting 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 informal rates in postal elections

1999-2000 2.93%
2000-2001 2.58%
2001-2002 2.77%
2002-2003 3.29%
2003-2004N/A
2004-2005 3.37%
2005-2006 3.64%
2006-2007N/A
2007-2008N/A
2008-2009 3.78% (excluding City of Melbourne leadership team)
3.77% (including City of Melbourne leadership team)
2009-2010N/A
2010-2011N/A
2011-2012N/A
2012-2013 4.66% (excluding City of Melbourne leadership team and City of Greater Geelong mayoral candidates)
4.76% (including City of Melbourne leadership team and City of Greater Geelong mayoral candidates)

Overall informal rates in attendance elections

1999-2000 7.94%
2000-2001N/A
2001-2002 7.44%
2002-2003 8.86%
2003-2004N/A
2004-2005 10.43%
2005-2006 9.33%
2006-2007N/A
2007-2008N/A
2008-2009 9.90%
2009-2010N/A
2010-2011N/A
2011-2012N/A
2012-2013 10.09%

Overall informal rates in regional and outer metropolitan municipalities

1999-2000 2.99%
2000-2001 2.58%
2001-2002 1.94%
2002-2003 3.05%
2003-2004N/A
2004-2005 2.66%
2005-2006 3.23%
2006-2007N/A
2007-2008N/A
2008-2009 3.51%
2009-2010N/A
2010-2011N/A
2011-2012N/A
2012-2013 3.64% (excluding City of Greater Geelong mayoral candidates)
3.76% (including City of Greater Geelong mayoral candidates)

Overall informal rates in metropolitan municipalities

1999-2000 3.91%
2000-2001N/A
2001-2002 4.33%
2002-2003 5.27%
2003-2004N/A
2004-2005 5.66%
2005-2006 5.66%
2006-2007N/A
2007-2008N/A
2008-2009 5.80% (excluding City of Melbourne leadership team)
5.91% (including City of Melbourne leadership team)
2009-2010N/A
2010-2011N/A
2011-2012N/A
2012-2013 6.33% (excluding City of Melbourne leadership team)
6.40% (including City of Melbourne leadership team)