Local Government elections are held every four years. Local government is the government closest to the people. It creates the foundations for democracy and accountability. Local councils govern, provide services and advocate. Most importantly, they create opportunities for citizens to influence and participate in the democratic process and the decisions that shape our society and local communities.
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2016 Local Government Elections
The local government elections were held on 22 October 2016. Due to all 4 Wards of Mansfield Shire election being uncontested, no election was held.
Mansfield Shire Council will be represented by five Councillors for a four year term (ending October 2020).
The Victorian Electoral Commission is responsible for conducting the local government elections.
More information can be found on the VEC's website - https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/MansfieldElection/
Mansfield Shire Council hosted two information sessions aimed at potential Council candidates on 10 August 2016 (facilitated by the Municipal Association of Victoria) and 14 September 2016 (facilitated by the Victorian Electoral Commission). These sessions provided a good understanding of local government and the roles and responsibilities of Councillors, as well as details about the election process.
Voting has been compulsory in Victorian elections since 1926. If you are enrolled to vote, then you must vote in all Federal, State and local Council elections and statutory polls.
If you are aged 70 or more, you are excused from voting in local council elections.
The Victorian Electoral Commission mail out failure to vote notices to those residents who are required to vote in Council elections and are not recorded as having voted at those elections.
What is an apparent failure to vote notice?
The apparent failure to vote notice is issued by the Victorian Electoral Commission on behalf of the Council under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1989. The notice invites persons who were required to vote at the Council elections and who appear not to have voted to provide an explanation for why they failed to vote. They may also contest that they did, in fact, vote at the elections if they believe that are incorrectly recorded as not having voted.
The apparent failure to vote notice is not an infringement notice and does not attract a fine.
How do I provide my excuse for not voting?
A detailed explanation of why a person failed to vote at an election must be added to the form on the back of the apparent failure to vote notice. The entire, completed form must then be returned within 28 days of the date of the notice by:
Mail: Using the reply paid envelope that was provided with the notice.
Fax: Faxing both sides of the completed notice to the VEC on (03) 9620 3489.
In person: Deliver to the Victorian Electoral Commission, Level 11, 530 Collins Street, Melbourne.
If the explanation is considered sufficient, no further action will be taken. If the reason is not considered sufficient or no response is received, an infringement notice may be issued to the person. It is an offence to provide a false excuse for failing to vote at an election.
How do I contact the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC)?
The VEC’s Compulsory voting enquiry line is available on 1300 551 575.
For further information, phone: 131 832 or go to the VEC's website and search for 'Mansfield'.