Council elections are conducted every four years in October. The next local council election is on 24 October 2020.
This year’s election will be conducted by post. Ballot papers will be mailed to voters and will include voting instructions, candidate information, a ballot paper and a reply-paid envelope. Postal voting is compulsory and completely confidential.
The election will be conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC), the statutory provider of election services for all council elections in Victoria.
Candidate Information Register
Section 12 of the Swan Hill Rural City Council Election Period Procedure mandates that all candidates have equal rights to access public information relevant to their election campaigns from the Council administration.
A Candidate Information Register will be maintained from 17 September 2020 to 24 October 2020. Requests will be updated regularly by Council’s Governance Unit. All requests by candidates will be added to this register to ensure equity of information for all candidates.
Any enquiries regarding the Candidate Information Register can be directed to Council’s Governance Unit by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It’s our time” campaign
“It’s our time” campaign encourages women to put their hand up for council. The Victorian Government has a target of 50 per cent of women on Council by 2025. At the 2016 election, 34.1 per cent of those elected to Councils across Victoria were women. The “It’s our time” campaign can be accessed here.
Council election information one click away on VEC website
Victorians unsure which local council election they must vote in can quickly and easily check using the ‘Find My Council’ feature on the Victorian Electoral Commission’s website.
Find My Council puts you one click away from finding out about voting deadlines, the candidates who have nominated in your area, and when the time comes, the results for your council’s election.
To find out more about the new feature or to access information about the October 2020 local council elections, visit vec.vic.gov.au