Historical electoral events
A comprehensive list of electoral events in Victoria since 1855.
|1851||First Legislative Council election.|
|1856||Victoria becomes the first State in the world to adopt the secret ("Australian") ballot.|
|1857||All men gain the right to vote and stand for the Legislative Assembly.|
|1870||Payment of Members of Legislative Assembly introduced.|
|1877-78||Supply blocked - constitutional crisis.|
|1891||Labor Party created.
First Chief Electoral Inspector appointed.
|1899||One man one vote for Legislative Assembly.|
|1900||First postal vote for Legislative Assembly.|
|1908||Women get the vote.|
|1909||Fusion Liberal Party (forerunner of Liberal Party) formed.|
|1911||Preferential voting for Legislative Assembly.|
|1913||George Elmslie forms first Labor government.|
|1916||Labor Party splits over conscription.
Victorian Farmers' Union (forerunner of National Party) created.
|1921||Preferential voting for Legislative Council.|
|1923||Women able to run for Parliament.
Compulsory enrolment introduced.
|1926||Voting for Legislative Assembly compulsory.|
|1927||Absentee voting for Legislative Assembly.|
|1933||First woman elected to Legislative Assembly.|
|1935||Compulsory and absentee voting introduced in Legislative Council elections.|
|1937||One man one vote for Legislative Council.|
|1947||Legislative Council refuses supply of money.
Cain Government forced to polls and defeated.
|1950||All adults to vote for the Legislative Council.|
|1952||Election of first majority Labor government, under John Cain (senior).|
|1955||Labor splits: Democratic Labor Party (Anti-Communist) formed in 1958.
Beginning of 27 years of Liberal government.
|1965||Liberal and Country Party renamed Liberal Party.|
|1972||Sir Henry Bolte completes record 17 year term as Premier.|
|1973||Qualifying age for voting and membership of the Victorian Parliament lowered to 18 years.|
|1979||First women elected to the Legislative Council.|
|1982||Election of first Labor government to last more than a term of Parliament, under John Cain (Jnr.)
First woman Victorian Cabinet Minister.
One vote, one value through equal electorates; end of rural weighting.
|1984||Terms of Legislative Assembly increased to maximum of four years, with a minimum of three years.
Seventeen year olds able to enrol provisionally.
|1990||Joan Kirner becomes Victoria's first woman Premier.|
|1992||Kennett Liberal/National Party Coalition elected.
Record number of candidates stand for Legislative Assembly (362).
|1997||Record number of candidates stand for a single electorate (17) at the Mitcham by-election.|
|2002||New Electoral Act revises Victorian electoral legislation.|
|2006||Electronically Assisted Voting pilot.|