Monday 29 August 2022
For immediate release
A by-election will be held in November for Kara Kara Ward within Northern Grampians Shire Council.
The by-election was triggered by the passing of Councillor Tony Driscoll and will be held by post.
Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately issued a call to Kara Kara 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 9 September. 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 Kara Kara 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 03 5358 8710.
Applications to be enrolled for this by-election close at 4 pm on Friday 9 September.
'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 1584 Victorians are enrolled in Kara Kara Ward, which includes St Arnaud, Stuart Mills and surrounds.
Timeline for by-election
4 pm Friday 9 September – Close of roll
- Voters must be on the voters’ roll by this date to vote at the election.
9 am Thursday 29 September – Nominations open
- Candidates must nominate with the Election Manager.
12 noon Tuesday 4 October – Close of nominations and ballot draw
- Candidates must nominate by 12 noon. The ballot draw occurs after this.
Tuesday 18 October to Thursday 20 October – Ballot packs are distributed
- Ballot packs distributed via post to every person on the voters’ roll.
6 pm Friday 4 November – Close of voting
- Ballot papers must be in the mail or handed to the Election Manager by 6 pm.
Saturday 5 November – Election Day
- The day prescribed as Election Day.
12 noon Friday 11 November – 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 4 November.
Monday 14 November – Declaration of results (approximate)
- The VEC publishes the election results on the VEC website by this date.