Postal voting

Find out about general postal voting and postal voting.

Voting via post is the most common voting method for local council elections.

General postal voters

General postal voters are people who always vote via post. They are automatically sent a ballot pack for elections, and must complete and return it before election day.

You can become a general postal voter if you are already enrolled and are unable to attend a voting centre for any of the following reasons. You:

  • live 20 kilometres from a voting centre
  • are seriously ill, or care for someone who is seriously ill
  • are aged 70 years or older*
  • are serving a prison sentence of more than five years
  • are a silent elector
  • are unable to attend on election day for religious reasons
  • are unable to sign due to physical incapacity
  • are a registered overseas elector.

*People who register as general postal voters on grounds of age will not automatically receive a ballot pack for Federal elections.

Apply to become a general postal voter

  1. Fill in the following application form
    General postal voter application form (PDF, 187kB)
  2. Send it to the VEC so it arrives before the close of roll.

Local council postal elections

For local council postal elections, the VEC will automatically post ballot packs to each voter after nominations have closed. You do not need to register as a postal voter.

To vote via post for a local council attendance election, you must lodge the application for a postal vote from the day after nominations have closed. The application must be received by midday on the Thursday before election day.

Your completed ballot papers must reach the Returning Officer by 6.00 pm on election day, either by handing them in at a voting centre or via post.

Postal voting in State elections

Postal voting is also available at State elections. You can apply for a postal vote during the State election period.