Hindmarsh Shire Council, East Ward by-election

Voters in East Ward in Hindmarsh Shire Council will vote in a postal by-election this November and December.

At the close of nominations for East Ward at the 2020 Hindmarsh Shire Council General elections, only one nomination was received for the two vacancies. Therefore, a by-election is required to fill the remaining vacancy.

Find out who has nominated

Voting

Voting in the East Ward by-election this December will be by post.

We will post ballot packs to enrolled voters from Tuesday 17 November to Thursday 19 November.

The ballot pack will contain:

  • a ballot paper attached to statements and photographs lodged by the candidates in your council or ward
  • a ballot paper envelope with a flap
  • voting instructions
  • a reply-paid envelope.

Completing and returning your vote

Follow the instructions on the ballot pack and make sure your completed vote is in the mail or hand-delivered to the Election Office before 6 pm on Friday 4 December.

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 as at 4 pm on Friday 28 August.

If you do not vote, you may be fined.

If you will be away or have changed address

You will be able to apply to have your ballot pack sent to a different address if:

  • you will be away when ballot packs are mailed (after Tuesday 17 November)
    or
  • your mailing address has changed since the close of rolls (Friday 28 August).
Details on how to request a replacement ballot pack will be available on this website from Tuesday 17 November. 

Council-enrolled voters

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 Hindmarsh Shire Council directly on (03) 5391 4444 if you have any questions.

If you own more than one property in the ward

You will get one vote for this by-election.

If you are a State-enrolled voter, you must vote for your enrolled address only.

If you are a council-enrolled voter for more than one address in the ward, you will get one ballot pack only. Contact your council if you have any questions

Candidates

Nominations are open until 12 noon on Wednesday 4 November.

Note: the election office is not open for nominations on Tuesday 3 November due to the Melbourne Cup Public Holiday. 

How to nominate

A Candidate Helper application is available online to help you complete the: 

  • nomination form
  • candidate statement
  • candidate questionnaire.

Access Candidate Helper

To nominate, you must:

  • complete a nomination form
  • complete mandatory Local Government Candidate Training before submitting your nomination
  • make an appointment to submit your nomination form in person with the Election Manager
  • pay a nomination fee of $250.

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 and a photo
  • candidate questionnaire – responses to questions about your experience and qualifications.

Access Candidate Helper

Candidate statements, photos and questionnaires must be submitted before 12 noon on Thursday 5 November.

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 an election. For more information, visit the Local Government Inspectorate’s website.

Enrolment

You are already enrolled for this by-election if you were on the roll by 4 pm on Friday 28 August.

There are two types of enrolment: State-enrolled and council-enrolled.

State enrolled voters

State-enrolled voters are Australian citizens (or qualified British subjects) who are 18 years or older, have lived in Victoria for at least one month and have enrolled.

Check my enrolment

Council enrolled voters

Council-enrolled voters include other people, such as ratepayers (including non-Australian citizens) who:

  • qualify to be automatically enrolled for this election 
    or
  • have applied to council to be enrolled.

To check if you are a council-enrolled voter, contact Hindmarsh Shire Council on (03) 5391 4444.

My address has changed

If you moved into East Ward after the close of roll 4 pm on Friday 28 August, you may not be able to vote in this by-election.

If you moved within or out of East Ward after the close of roll, you will receive a ballot pack at your last enrolled (old) address.

You must vote for that address or risk a fine.

To request to have a replacement ballot pack sent to a different address, read below.

If you will be away from your address

You will be able to apply to have your ballot pack sent to a different address if:

  • you will be away when ballot packs are mailed (after Tuesday 17 November)
    or
  • your mailing address has changed since the close of rolls (Friday 28 August).

Details on how to request a replacement ballot pack will be available on this website from Tuesday 17 November.