Ballot packs mailed this week for Yarra Ranges Shire Council by-election

Tuesday 1 February 2022

For immediate release


Voters in Sassafras, Olinda and surrounds should check the mail for their ballot packs for the Yarra Ranges Shire Council, Streeton Ward by-election.

Election Manager Genevieve Hammerton is encouraging people to vote as early as possible.

'With the whole election being conducted by post, it's incredibly important voters complete and return their ballot material as soon as possible to make sure their vote counts,' Ms Hammerton said.

Ballot material must be in the mail or hand-delivered to the election office by 6 pm Friday 18 February. Voters are advised to check their local mail clearance times.

Voters who haven't received their ballot pack by Wednesday 9 February should call 1300 202 885 during business hours to arrange a replacement.

Candidates who have nominated for the by-election are listed in the ballot packs and can also be viewed at vec.vic.gov.au. Where provided by candidates, a photo and statement will be included. Voters can also view answers to the candidate questionnaire online.

Voting is compulsory for voters who were on the State roll for this election at 4 pm Friday 10 December 2021—State-enrolled voters who don't vote may be fined. Council-enrolled voters are encouraged to vote but will not be fined if they don't vote.

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Voting

Streeton Ward takes in the localities of Sassafras, Olinda and surrounds.

Voting in the Yarra Ranges Shire Council, Streeton Ward by-election is conducted entirely by post—there are no voting centres.

Ballot packs will be posted to all enrolled voters between Tuesday 1 February and Thursday 3 February. Packs are delivered in random order, so voters in the same household may not receive their packs on the same day. Completed ballot material must be in the mail or hand-delivered to the election office by 6 pm Friday 18 February.

Full preferential voting is used for the by-election: voters will need to put the number ‘1’ in the box next to their most preferred candidate, and then number all the other boxes in order of their preference. Every box must be numbered and each number can only be used once.

Candidates

A list of candidates and their contact details, where provided, is available online at vec.vic.gov.au. Where provided by candidates, a photo, statement and answers to the questionnaire are also available.

The elected candidate will represent their community on Council until the next general election in 2024.

Results

Results can only be finalised once all ballots admissible to the count have been received. To ensure votes signed by the close of voting are included in the count, the Local Government (Electoral) Regulations 2020 provides an extended period for postal votes to be received through Australia Post by 12 noon on Friday 25 February. Votes received during this extended period will be admitted to the count if they were completed by the voter before the close of voting.

Candidates can appoint scrutineers to observe the counting process. It is anticipated that the declaration for the successful candidate will be finalised no later than Monday 28 February.

Once declared elected, the Chief Executive Officer of Yarra Ranges Shire Council will arrange to swear in the incoming councillor in accordance with the Local Government Act 2020. The councillor will represent their community until the next general election in 2024.