Local council general elections are held every four years and councillors make decisions on a range of important local issues and services, including:
- maternal health and childcare
- sporting and recreation facilities
- libraries and community centres
- animal registrations
- rubbish and recycling
- planning and building regulations
- local roads and footpaths.
All Victorian local government elections in 2020 will be conducted by postal vote, not attendance vote.
We strongly encourage all eligible voters to vote this October. Voting is compulsory for State-enrolled Australian citizens aged 18 years or older, and you may be fined if you don’t vote. Ballot packs with instructions for postal voting will be distributed via post to every enrolled person in Glen Eira in early October.
|Thursday 17 September||Candidate nominations open|
|Tuesday 22 September||Candidate nominations close at 12 midday|
|Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 October||Mail-out of ballot packs to voters|
|Friday 23 October||Voting closes at 6pm (Voters must put ballots in the post by 6pm)|
|Friday 13 November||Latest date all results will be declared.|
The election will be conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC). The VEC will maintain up-to-date information on its website about the 2020 Local Government Elections, including how to vote and how to nominate as a candidate for election.
Enrolments for voting in the Glen Eira City Council elections closed on Friday 28 August at 4pm. Information about voting entitlement is available on the VEC website.
This is a postal election. Ballot packs containing voting material have been mailed to enrolled voters, starting 6 October.
How to vote correctly
You must complete your ballot paper correctly for your vote to count. Put the number 1 in the box next to the candidate you want to see elected, then number all the other boxes in order of your choice. You must number every box and only use each number once. Then, follow the instructions on your ballot paper to complete your vote.
After completing your ballot paper, you will need to put it into the ballot paper envelope, then return it to:
Moorleigh Community Village, 92 Bignell Road, Bentleigh East
Your completed ballot pack must be in the mail or hand delivered by 6 pm on Friday 23 October 2020.
If you are enrolled to vote via the state roll, you can register for free Voter Alert SMS and email reminders on www.vec.vic.gov.au.
Is voting compulsory?
Voting is compulsory for all voters who were on the state roll at 4pm on 28 August 2020. If this applies to you, you may be fined if you do not vote. This includes homeowners and tenants within Glen Eira.
If you live outside Glen Eira, or are enrolled directly with Council to be on the voter’s roll for this election, then you are encouraged to vote but will not be fined if you do not vote.
You can contact the election office from Wednesday 16 September and make a request to vote early. An early ballot paper can only be issued in person at the election office if the request is reasonable.
Please note: information lodged by candidates may not be available when voting early and voters issued with an early vote may also receive a ballot pack through the general mail out. Only one vote may be returned in an election.
What if I haven’t received my ballot pack?
If you have not received your ballot pack by 16 October 2020 please contact the VEC’s election office to arrange a replacement ballot pack.
What should I do if I will be away when postal ballots are distributed?
If you will be away from your mailing address during the period when ballot packs will be mailed out, you can apply for a replacement ballot pack to be mailed to an alternative address by calling the election office.
How to contact the VEC election office
The VEC’s temporary election office in Glen Eira is at the Moorleigh Centre, Bignell Road, Bentleigh East and is will be open from 16 September 2020. The election office’s opening hours are:
- Monday to Friday, 16 September to 21 October 2020, 9am to 5pm
- 22 October 2020, 9am to 8pm
- 23 October 2020, 9am to 6pm.
You can call the election office at 03 8619 1422.
Supporting diverse communities
The Victorian Electoral Commission has released new resources to support individuals from diverse backgrounds:
- The language page on the VEC’s website has 20 languages of translated information about the election
- Easy English guides for the local council elections present information in simple sentences with supporting pictures.
- Free information sessions about the elections are available and can be booked through the VEC website.