Tuesday 1 November 2022
For immediate release
Victorians will head to the polls for the second time this year to elect the 60th Victorian Parliament on Saturday 26 November.
Today, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, issued the writs for the Victorian State election, ending the 59th Parliament and formally triggering the election process.
The writs will be returned by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) – the independent and impartial umpire responsible for delivering the State election – after all results are declared, with the names of successful candidates published.
The number of people on the electoral roll has increased by about 235,500 people since the last State election in 2018, so nearly 4.4 million Victorians will be casting their vote on or before election day.
'Every vote matters,' said Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately 'Voters should be aware of the voting options available and make a plan if they are unable to vote on Saturday 26 November.'
'An increased number of early voting centres will be open from Monday 14 to 6 pm on Friday 25 November all around Victoria, and at a number of interstate locations,' Mr Gately said. 'You can also apply for a postal vote if you can't make it to a voting centre or you would just prefer to vote by post.'
Telephone-assisted voting will also be available to voters who are blind, have low vision or those who have a physical disability and require assistance to vote from 14 November through to 6 pm on election day.
Voters in areas impacted by floods occurring on or after Thursday 13 October and unable to access a voting centre from Saturday 19 November to 6 pm on Saturday 26 November will also be able to both register and vote using telephone assisted voting.
Voters are also reminded that there is no cut-off age for voting in Victoria. 'Voting is a privilege that all eligible Victorians have, but also a responsibility,' Mr Gately said. 'If you're on the roll, you're expected to vote.'
Victorians have 7 days from today to enrol or update their details, which they can do on the VEC website at vec.vic.gov.au. The rolls will officially close at 8 pm on Tuesday 8 November.