State elections are held every four years on the last Saturday in November. The elections are independently conducted by the VEC.
The next State election will be held on Saturday, 29 November 2014.
When you vote at a State election, you are voting for one person to represent your district in the Legislative Assembly (Lower House) and five people to represent your region in the Legislative Council (Upper House).
Members of the Legislative Assembly are elected to serve a term of four years.
Members of the Legislative Council are elected to serve a term of four years.
This structure for the Upper House was introduced at the 2006 State election.
For details about currently elected members of Parliament, please visit the Parliament of Victoria website (external link).
|25 days before election day||Expiry of the Lower House
The term of the Legislative Assembly expires and the Governor of Victoria issues the writ for the election.
Issue of the writ
The issue of the writ starts the election process. An electoral writ is a document commanding the Victorian Electoral Commission to hold an election, and contains dates for the close of rolls, the close of nominations and the return of the writs. Two writs are actually issued, one for the Legislative Assembly (Lower House) and one for the Legislative Council (Upper House).
Opening of nominations
Once the electoral writ has been issued, candidates can lodge their nomination for election.
|18 days before election day||Close of rolls
People have until 8:00pm, seven days after the writ is issued to enrol, or to update their enrolment.
|15 days before election day||Close of nominations
Candidates can nominate up until 12 noon, 10 days after the issue of the writ.
|Election day||The day most voters cast their vote. It must be the last Saturday in November and 25 days after the issue of the writ.|
|Up to 21 days after election day||Return of the writ
After the results are declared, the Victorian Electoral Commission returns the writs, endorsed with the names of the successful candidates, to the Governor.
Most people vote at voting centres on election day. Alternative ways of voting are also available for people who can't get to a voting centre on election day.
For the Legislative Assembly (Lower House) place a 1 in the box of your preferred candidate, and then number all the remaining boxes in the order of your preference. This is called full preferential voting.
An example of a State Legislative Assembly (Lower House) ballot paper
The Legislative Council (Upper House) ballot paper features a thick horizontal line (as shown below). You can vote above or below the line.
Votes for the Legislative Assembly (Lower House) are counted using the preferential counting system. Votes for the Legislative Council (Upper House) are counted using the proportional counting system.