Maroondah City Council, Barngeong Ward by-election set for December

Tuesday 26 September 2023

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Electoral Commissioner Sven Bluemmel is asking residents and ratepayers in Maroondah City Council, Barngeong Ward to be ready to have their say in the by-election scheduled for December, following the resignation of Councillor Marijke Graham. The by-election will be held by post.

‘You must be correctly enrolled by the close of roll, which is 4 pm on Friday 6 October. As this is a postal election, it’s important to check your address details are correct – this includes any alternative postal address,’ Mr Bluemmel said.

Australian citizens who live in Barngeong Ward who have recently turned 18 or moved can enrol or update their details online at

Ratepayers in Barngeong Ward can apply to the council to enrol by calling 03 9294 5732. As long as they don’t have another voting entitlement in Maroondah City Council and pay rates, property owners or occupiers and corporations can apply to be enrolled, even if they are not a citizen. Applications close at 4 pm on Friday 6 October.

Owner-ratepayers who were automatically enrolled in Barngeong Ward for the 2020 general election for Maroondah City Council will continue to be enrolled for the by-election, unless their circumstances have changed. Council-enrolled voters can check their enrolment by calling the council on 03 9294 5732.

‘Voting in local council elections is compulsory if you are enrolled. We encourage ratepayers who are eligible to apply to vote to participate in their democracy,’ Mr Bluemmel said.

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

Around 9,700 Victorians are enrolled in Barngeong Ward, which includes Croydon North.

Media information

Timeline for by-election

4 pm, Friday 6 October – Close of roll

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

9 am, Thursday 26 October – Nominations open

  • Candidates must nominate with the election manager.

12 noon, Tuesday 31 October – Close of nominations and ballot draw

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

Tuesday 14 November to Thursday 16 November – Ballot packs are distributed

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

6 pm, Friday 1 December – Close of voting 

  • Ballot papers must be in the mail or hand delivered to the election manager by 6 pm.

Saturday 2 December – Election day 

  • The day prescribed as election day.

12 noon, Friday 8 December – Final day for receipt of mailed postal votes

  • Postal votes must be received by 12 noon to be considered. The election manager will include ballot material if satisfied it was signed by the voter before 6 pm on Friday 1 December (close of voting).

Friday 15 December – Latest date all results will be declared 

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