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Election lowdown - key dates and information

News Article Date: 
Thursday, 13 August 2020

The Warrnambool City Council election will be held this October.

The Victorian Electoral Commission is preparing to deliver local council elections during the extraordinary circumstances of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Elections are to be conducted entirely by post – a safe and completely secret method of voting.

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.

The VEC and Council strongly encourage all eligible voters to vote this October. Voting is compulsory for State-enrolled Australian citizens aged 18 years or older. You may be fined if you don’t vote.

Election timeline

Friday August 28: roll closes at 4pm

Thursday September 17: candidate nominations open

Tuesday September 22: candidate nominations close at 12 noon

Tuesday to Thursday October 6 to 8: mail-out of ballot packs

Friday October 23: voting closes at 6 pm

Friday November 13: latest date all results will be declared.


Election information

The Victorian Electoral Commission conduct elections on behalf of all Victorian councils.

For detailed and up to date information about how to enrol, vote, become a candidate, and more, visit Warrnambool City Council election on the VEC website, or call the VEC on 131 832.

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