Reminder: Victorians asked to explain why they didn't vote

Tuesday 9 March 2021

For immediate release

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) is urging Victorians who were sent an Apparent Failure to Vote Notice to respond by the 28-day deadline with a detailed explanation.

The notice – which is a not a fine – asks apparent non-voters for a reason for why they appear not to have voted in the 2020 local council elections.

A detailed response with supporting documentation, where possible, will help to determine if the excuse is considered sufficient, while ignoring the notice, or not providing a sufficient reason for not voting, may result in an infringement notice and a penalty of $83.

Electoral Commissioner, Warwick Gately, said that recipients should contact the VEC for assistance if unsure what to do, rather than ignore the notice.

'If you need help understanding what the notice means and what you need to do, you can call us on 1300 551 575 or visit our website at We are seeking from you a reason why you appear not to have voted,' Mr Gately said.

'I also encourage you to sign up to our VoterAlert service, to make sure you're notified whenever there's a State or local council election happening.'

People can sign up at to receive important reminders about upcoming State and local council elections.