Voting options in an election

Federal elections

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) conducts federal elections; we conduct State and local council elections.

To learn more about federal elections, visit aec.gov.au.

State elections

In a State election you can vote at any voting centre in Victoria on election day.

You can also vote before election day at any early voting centre in Victoria, or at any of the early voting centres we open interstate.

You can also apply to become a general postal voter to have your ballot pack delivered to you for every State election.

Local council elections

In a local council election, there are postal elections and attendance elections. The Minister for Local Government decides the method of voting for all councils.

In a postal election we will mail ballot packs to voters 15 to 17 days before the close of voting. You need to complete your ballot paper and post your vote back before the close of voting. You can also hand deliver it to the election office in your council area.

In an attendance election you can:

  • vote in-person at any voting centre in your council area on election day
  • vote before election day at the early voting centre in your council area, usually the election office
  • apply to become a general postal voter, and we will post your ballot pack to you for all future local council elections.

Voting centres

Voting centres are used for:

  • State elections
  • council attendance elections.

What happens at a voting centre?

When you vote at a voting centre, an election official will ask:

  • your name and address
  • if you have already voted in the election.

They will also:

  • confirm your electorate
  • mark your name on the roll to record you have voted
  • give you your ballot paper(s)

You will then be directed to a voting compartment so you can fill in your ballot paper(s) privately. You must then place your completed ballot paper(s) in the ballot box.

Help available

Election officials can help answer any questions you may have about the voting process. Election officials wear a red or a white vest.

If you need help voting you can also:

  • bring a family member or friend to help you fill your ballot paper(s)
  • ask for election staff to help you
  • bring a written statement of how you want to vote.

Other help includes:

  • information on how to vote in languages other than English
  • magnifiers
  • maxi pencils
  • wheelchair-accessible voting screens.

Wheelchair access

All voting centres are audited and rated according to their wheelchair accessibility.

This information will be listed in newspapers and on this website during an election.

Voting centre signage will also indicate the accessibility rating.