Buloke Shire Council by-election set

Wednesday 3 August 2022

For immediate release

A by-election will be held in October for Mallee Ward within Buloke Shire Council.

The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Councillor David Vis and will be held by post.

Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately issued a call to Mallee Ward residents and ratepayers to be ready to have their say.

‘You must be correctly enrolled by the close of roll, which is 4 pm on Friday 19 August. As this is a postal election, it’s important to check your address details are correct – this includes any alternative postal address,’ Mr Gately said.

‘If you’re an Australian citizen and you’ve recently turned 18, moved house, or changed mailing address, you can enrol or update your details online at vec.vic.gov.au/enrolment.’

‘There are special enrolment categories for people who live outside the council area or are not Australian citizens – if you pay rates on a property in Mallee Ward, including a business, or you are a director or company secretary of a corporation that pays rates, you can apply to the Council to enrol by calling 1300 520 520.’

Council-enrolled voters who were enrolled in Mallee Ward for the 2020 general election for Buloke Shire Council will be automatically enrolled, unless circumstances have changed. Council-enrolled voters can check their enrolment by calling the council on 1300 520 520.

Applications to be enrolled for this by-election close at 4 pm on Friday 19 August.

‘Voting in local council elections is compulsory if you’re a State-enrolled voter, and we encourage council-enrolled voters to vote.

‘Your local council makes important decisions about your community facilities, services and local business community, so it’s important to have your say by voting in this by-election,’ Mr Gately added.

Around 1600 Victorians are enrolled in Mallee Ward, which includes Nandalay, Sea Lake, Berriwillock, Culgoa, Nullawil and surrounds.

Media information

Timeline for by-election

4 pm Friday 19 August – Close of roll

  • Voters must be on the voters’ roll by this date to vote at the election.

9 am Thursday 8 September – Nominations open

  • Candidates must nominate with the Election Manager.

12 noon Tuesday 13 September – Close of nominations and ballot draw

  • Candidates must nominate by 12 noon. The ballot draw occurs after this.

Tuesday 27 to Thursday 29 September – Ballot packs are distributed

  • Ballot packs distributed via post to every person on the voters’ roll.

6 pm Friday 14 October – Close of voting

  • Ballot papers must be in the mail or handed to the Election Manager by 6 pm.

Saturday 15 October – Election Day

  • The day prescribed as Election Day.

12 noon Friday 21 October – Final day for receipt of mailed postal votes

  • Postal votes must be received by 12 noon. The Election Manager will include ballot material if satisfied it was posted before 6 pm on Friday 14 October

Monday 24 October – Declaration of results (approximate)

  • The VEC publishes the election results on the VEC website by this date.