Buloke Shire Council, Mallee Ward by-election

Voters in Mallee Ward in Buloke Shire Council will vote in a postal by-election this October.

The by-election will be held to elect a new councillor for Mallee Ward, after the resignation of Councillor David Vis.

Enrolment

To vote in this by-election you must be correctly enrolled by 4 pm on Friday 19 August.

There are two types of enrolment: state and council enrolment.

Who must enrol?

You must be correctly enrolled if you:

  • are an Australian citizen
  • are 18 years or older (on Saturday 15 October)
  • have lived in Mallee Ward for at least one month.

This is known as state enrolment. State-enrolled voters must vote.

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Who can enrol?

Other people, such as ratepayers, may qualify to be automatically enrolled for this by-election or may apply to council to be enrolled.

This is known as council enrolment. Council-enrolled voters can vote.

For more information about council enrolment, read Enrolling for council elections.

Voting

Voting in the Mallee Ward by-election this October will be by post.

We will post ballot packs to enrolled voters from Tuesday 27 to Thursday 29 September.

The ballot pack will contain:

  • a ballot paper attached to statements and photographs lodged by the candidates
  • a ballot paper envelope with a flap
  • a reply-paid envelope.

How to vote

Follow the instructions on the ballot pack to complete your vote. Make sure you post or hand-deliver it to the election office before 6 pm on Friday 14 October.

Local mail clearance times vary. Check your local mail clearance times so your vote is in the mail on time.

Who must vote?

You must vote if you are a state-enrolled voter at 4 pm on Friday 19 August.

If you do not vote, you may be fined.

Who can vote?

If you are a council-enrolled voter, we encourage you to vote, but you won't be fined if you don't. Find out more about council-enrolled voters.

Contact Buloke Shire Council on 1300 520 520 if you have any questions.

If you own more than one property in the ward

You are enrolled once and will get one vote for this by-election.

If you are a state-enrolled voter, you are enrolled at your principal address only and must vote.

If you are a council-enrolled voter with more than one address in the ward, you are enrolled once and will get one ballot pack only. Contact Buloke Shire Council on 1300 520 520 if you have any questions about which property you are enrolled for.

Large print or braille ballot packs

If you are blind or have low vision, you can register for a ballot pack in large print or braille. You do not need to register again if you have registered for past elections.

To register, please call 03 8629 1222 before Tuesday 6 September. Late registrations cannot be accepted.

Candidates

If you wish to stand as a candidate in this by-election, nominations will:

  • open on Thursday 8 September
  • close at 12 noon on Tuesday 13 September.

Information session

Prospective candidates can attend an information session at 6 pm on Monday 5 September. This information session will be held online using Microsoft Teams.

What devices can you use to participate?

  • any PC or Mac computer
  • any smartphone
  • any tablet device.

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How to join the information session

You can join a Microsoft Teams meeting from any device, even if you don’t have a Microsoft account. For guidance, visit Microsoft support.

How to nominate

To nominate, you must:

  • complete a nomination form
  • complete the Victorian Government’s Local Government Candidate Training. This free training takes about an hour to complete, and you’ll need to show that you've completed it in the 2 years before Saturday 15 October when nominating
  • make an appointment to submit your completed nomination form in person with the election manager. The election office will open on Wednesday 7 September
  • pay a nomination fee of $250

Candidate Helper

The Candidate Helper application will be available online from Thursday 25 August to help you prepare your nomination and other candidate forms.

Candidate statement and questionnaire

To give voters information about your background, qualifications and what you stand for, you may also provide the following:

  • candidate statement – a statement of up to 300 words
  • candidate questionnaire – responses to questions about your experience and qualifications
  • a photo.

This information will be publicly available.

Candidate statements, photos and questionnaires must be submitted before 12 noon on Wednesday 14 September.

Who can become a candidate?

To learn about the nominations process you can:

Campaign donations

By law, candidates must disclose donations and gifts they receive in the lead up to a by-election. For more information, visit the Local Government Inspectorate's website.