2018 Mount Alexander Shire Council, Tarrengower Ward by-election

A by-election for Tarrengower Ward will be held in February 2018. It will be conducted entirely by postal voting.

If you are correctly enrolled by 4.00 pm on Friday 15 December 2017 you will be sent a ballot pack between Tuesday 30 January and Thursday 1 February 2018.

When you receive your ballot pack you must complete your ballot paper, and return it as soon as possible using the reply paid envelope.

Alternatively, you may hand-deliver your completed ballot material to the election office during business hours from Monday 12 February 2018.

Completed ballot material must be posted or in the hands of the Returning Officer by 6.00 pm on Friday 16 February 2018, when voting closes.

Nominations have closed for this by-election. See who has nominated (in ballot draw order).

Important dates

Friday 6 October 2017 Date of vacancy
Friday 15 December 2017 Enrolment closes 4.00 pm
Thursday 11 January 2018 Nominations open
Tuesday 16 January 2018 Nominations are closed – find out who has nominated
Wednesday 17 January 2018 Last chance to respond to candidate questionnaire, lodge candidate statements and photos, 12 noon
Tuesday 30 January – Thursday 1 February 2018 Mail-out of ballot packs
Friday 16 February 2018 Voting closes 6.00 pm

Returning Officer

The Returning Officer for the Tarrengower by-election is Dean Curtis.

Election office

The election office is located at:

Red Gum Room
Mount Alexander Civic Centre
27 Lyttleton Street
Castlemaine

The office is open to the public from Thursday 10 January to Friday 19 January (9.00 am to 5.00 pm) excluding Saturday and Sunday.

The election office will re-open on Monday 12 February (9.00 am to 5.00 pm), with extended hours on Thursday 15 February (9.00am to 8.00pm) and Friday 16 February (9.00am to 6.00pm).

All election information can be found on this website. Should you have any other enquiries regarding the election contact (03) 8619 1499.

This by-election will be conducted entirely by post. Ballot packs will be posted between Tuesday 30 January and Thursday 1 February 2018 to all voters enrolled in Tarrengower Ward.

Follow the instructions in the ballot pack so that your completed ballot material is in the mail before 6.00 pm on Friday 16 February 2018.

Voting is compulsory

Voting is compulsory for voters listed on the State roll for this by-election at 4.00 pm on Friday 15 December 2017.

Enrolled residents may be fined if they do not vote—this includes homeowners and tenants.

You are encouraged to vote (but won’t be fined if you don’t) if you:

  • are aged 70 years or over or
  • live outside Tarrengower Ward or
  • applied to Council to be on the roll.

If you will be away

Ballot packs will be mailed between Tuesday 30 January and Thursday 1 February 2018 to all correctly enrolled voters.

  • If you will be away from your mailing address when ballot packs arrive visit the election office from Wednesday 17 January to Friday 19 January 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.
  • If you will be away from your mailing address for the entire voting period, from Wednesday 17 January to Friday 16 February, you can apply for a replacement ballot pack to be mailed to an alternative address.
    Please call the election office on (03) 8619 1499 for a replacement pack.

Please note:

  • Voters issued with a replacement vote may also receive a ballot pack through the general mail out—but only one vote can be returned in an election.

I have multiple properties—do I get multiple votes?

Each enrolled voter has one vote for the Tarrengower Ward by-election.

If you are on the State electoral roll within Tarrengower Ward on Friday 15 December 2017 it is compulsory to vote for that address.

If you are not on the State electoral roll for Tarrengower Ward but you own a property and are enrolled for Tarrengower Ward, you are encouraged to vote but it is not compulsory.

If you own multiple properties in Tarrengower Ward (and you are not on the State electoral roll for any of those properties), you have until 4.00 pm on Friday 15 December to nominate the property you wish to vote for. If you don’t nominate a property, the Council will choose one for you.

Assistance for voters with a physical, sensory or cognitive impairment

There are a number of different types of assistance available for voters.

Find out about assistance

Can I have a large print or braille ballot material?

Registrations for large print or braille ballot material have now closed.

If you have registered, you can expect your material to be mailed to you from Tuesday 30 January to Thursday 1 February 2018.

If you have any queries about large print or braille ballot material please call (03) 8620 1122.

The period for lodgement of candidate statements and responses to questionnaires has now closed. Responses to the candidate questionnaire will be provided on the nominations page.

Candidate statements will be available from Monday 22 January 2018.

Further information

Candidates can appoint scrutineers to observe certain electoral procedures on their behalf.

The scrutineer handbook and scrutineer appointment form are available at Candidate forms & handbooks.

To find out who has nominated in ballot paper order, visit the nominations page.

Enrolment for this by-election has now closed.

You are enrolled for this by-election if:

  • you will be 18 years of age or over on Saturday 17 February 2018, and
  • you live in Tarrengower Ward, and
  • you are on the State electoral roll for your present address.

You may also be enrolled to vote for this by-election if you have previously applied directly to Mount Alexander Shire Council, or if you own or pay rates for a property or corporation within Tarrengower Ward.

If you recently moved into Tarrengower Ward and did not update your address details before Friday 15 December you may not be able to vote in this election.

If you recently moved within or moved out of Tarrengower Ward and did not update your address details before Friday 15 December you will be sent a ballot pack for your previous address. You must vote for your old address or risk a fine.

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