Do I have to vote?
Voting is compulsory if you are on the electoral roll at the close of roll. If you don't vote you will receive a letter in February 2019 asking for an explanation. You must respond and provide your reason for failing to vote.
If you have a valid reason for failing to vote, you may be excused. If you don't have a valid reason, you may be fined.
Where can I vote?
You can vote at any voting centre in Victoria, or at interstate or overseas locations.
Find your nearest voting centre using our Voting Centre locator.
From early November, every household will receive an Election Guide, which will list all voting centres in your area.
I don’t like any of the candidates and parties. Do I have to vote?
Under Victorian electoral law, voting is compulsory. Not liking the candidates or parties is not a valid excuse for failing to vote. If you do not vote you may be fined.
I don’t agree with compulsory voting. Why is it compulsory?
Under Victorian electoral law, voting is compulsory.
If you want to pursue this issue, you may wish to write to your local MP once results are known. You can locate your local member on the Victorian Parliament website (external link).
I am 70 years old or over. Do I have to vote?
All enrolled electors must vote in an election regardless of age.
If you are 70 or older, you can apply to become a general postal voter. By doing so, you will automatically have your ballot papers mailed to you for State and council attendance elections.
Complete a General Postal Vote Application Form (external link)
The application to become a GPV needs to be processed before 8.00 pm on Tuesday 6 November.
I can’t vote without assistance. Can I vote by phone or electronically?
If you are unable to vote without assistance because you are blind, have low vision or have a motor impairment, you will be able to register for Telephone Assisted Voting at this State election. The registration process opens on Monday 12 November and the number to call is 1300 498 791 from that date onwards.
Other forms of electronic voting will not be available at this State election.
What is the fine for not voting?
The fine for failing to vote is currently $81.