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Time to enrol for council elections

By David Rak

A general election will be held by post this October for Strathbogie and Mitchell shire councils.

The Victorian Electoral Commission is preparing to deliver a safe election during the extraordinary circumstances of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The elections will be conducted by post – a safe and completely secret method of voting.

Electoral commissioner Warwick Gately issued a call to residents and ratepayers to be ready to have their say.

“Make sure you’re enrolled correctly by the close of roll, which is 4 pm on Friday, August 28,” he said.

“As this is a postal election, it’s important to check your address details are correct. This includes any alternative postal address.”

If you are an Australian citizen who has recently turned 18, moved, haven’t enrolled or updated your address, or if you have just closed your post office box with Australia Post, you can enrol or update your details online at vec.vic.gov.au/enrolment

Non-Australian citizens who occupy and pay rates on a property or business in Strathbogie or Mitchell shires, or people living outside the shires who pay rates for a property they own in the shires, can apply to the council to enrol by phoning 1800 065 993.

Non-resident owners who were enrolled at the most recent election (including any by-elections) will be automatically enrolled.

“Voting in local council elections is compulsory if you’re a state-enrolled voter and we encourage council-enrolled voters to vote,” Mr Gately said.

“Your local council makes important decisions about your community facilities, services and local business community, so it’s important to have your say by voting in this election.”

Voters who will be away during the election period can have their ballot pack redirected to an address of their choice by making a request in writing by Thursday, September 17.

State-enrolled voters can also sign up to the free VoterAlert service to receive important election reminders by SMS and email.

For more information, phone 131 832 or visit vec.vic.gov.au