Council elections will be held on 24 October 2020 and will elect Councillors to form the Mansfield Shire Council from 2020 until 2024.
Election Period Policy
Mansfield Shire Council has adopted an Election Period Policy which sets out the restrictions, requirements and expectations that apply during the period leading up to an election. This policy addresses priorities to ensure Council complies with its statutory obligations as set out in the Local Government Act 1989 for the Local Government Election Period.
Entitlement to Vote
There are five categories of people who are entitled to vote in Council elections in 2020:
Everyone who has enrolled to vote in State and Federal elections is automatically enrolled to vote in the Council elections where they live. This includes Australian citizens aged 18 and over who have lived at their current address for at least one month. Voting is compulsory for this category of voter.
Owners of property who are listed on Council’s rate records as not living at their property will automatically be included on the voters’ roll; however only two owners can be enrolled per property. People in this category are encouraged to vote, but won’t be fined if they do not vote.
Non-citizen resident ratepayers
People who are not Australian citizens, but own and reside in a property in Mansfield Shire, and are aged 18 or over, can apply to be enrolled on the voters’ roll. Up to two owners per property may apply. People in this category can apply to Council to be included on the roll and are encouraged to vote, but it is not compulsory.
Up to two occupiers of a property may apply to be enrolled in place of the owners if they pay the rates and have written agreement from the owners, or if the Council rates notice is addressed to them. Occupiers of shops and commercial industrial properties are encouraged to be enrolled and vote (provided the above applies) but it is not compulsory.
A corporation which owns or occupies a property in the municipality and which pays rates, may appoint a director or company secretary to represent it on the voters’ roll. The person it appoints cannot be otherwise eligible to vote in the municipality.
A person can only have one vote in the Mansfield Shire Council elections, irrespective of how many properties they own or occupy within the municipality.
The 2020 elections for all Victorian councils will be conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC). Further information about elections is available on the VEC’s website(link is external).