Voting

In Victoria voting is compulsory and you may be fined if you do not vote.

Voting is your chance to actively participate in our democracy and have your say in shaping our state.

2018 State election

Voting in the State election has now closed..

If you failed to vote at the State election, you will receive an ‘Apparent Failure to Vote’ notice. This notice will arrive in early 2019 – do not ignore it.

This is your opportunity to explain why you didn’t vote.

If you do not respond, or if your reason is not considered valid and sufficient, you may receive a fine. The fine for not voting is $81.

For more information read What if I didn’t vote?

Secret ballot

Victoria was the first democracy in the world to introduce the secret ballot. The secret ballot means that nobody else can see how you have voted.

Strict policies and procedures are in place for the confidential handling of all ballot papers.

Making Voting Secret is the fascinating story of the introduction of the secret ballot in Victoria in 1856.


Image of person voting for State election