What you need to know
A General Election of councillors for Moonee Valley City Council (Council) will be held on Saturday, 24 October 2020. The election will be by postal ballot and will be conducted on behalf of the Council by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC).
Voting at the election is compulsory for most residents of Moonee Valley who are enrolled in the Victorian electoral roll. Business and property owners may also be eligible to vote. A snapshot of voting information can be found here.
Ballot packs will be distributed by mail from the VEC to registered voters commencing 6 October 2020.
Council has adopted the Election Period Policy as part of its Governance Rules, as required by section 69 of the Local Government Act 2020. This document provides guidance to Councillors, candidates and Council staff in the lead-up to, and during the election period for the 2020 elections, which commences on 22 September 2020 at 12 noon, and concludes on 24 October 2020 at 6pm.
The Victorian Electoral Commission has established an Election Office at Level 1 of the Clocktower Centre, 750 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds. The functions of the Election Office include:
- Candidate registrations
- Voter enquires
- Issuing of replacement ballot papers if necessary
- Processing of ballot papers
The Election Office may be contacted on 03 8619 1450 and will be open the following hours:
- 9am - 5pm, Wednesday 16 September to Wednesday 21 October 2020
- 9am - 8pm, Thursday 22 October 2020
- 9am - 6pm, Friday 23 October 2020
The appointed Election Manager is Peter Featherston.
With the impact of COVID-19 and current stage 4 restrictions, the Election Office and Clocktower Centre are operating under a COVIDsafe plan with strict social distancing restrictions in place. The Clocktower Centre foyer doors will be secured during this period. Please contact the Election Office on arrival to gain access.
Prior to attending the Clocktower, it is highly recommended that prospective candidates and members of the public contact the Election Office to confirm if in-person attendance is required for their enquiry.
Upon the easing of current stage restrictions, access arrangements to the Clocktower Centre will be reviewed.
Candidate signage guidelines
If you have a query or complaint regarding election signage:
- For signs on Council managed/owned land (e.g. parks) - please contact the City Compliance team on 9243 8888
- For signs on private property - please contact the Planning Enforcement team on 9243 8888.
Click here to access the guidelines to control the placement of election signage.
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Safe Campaigning Guidelines
Due to COVID-19 and the declared State of Emergency, Local Government Victoria has published advice on safe campaigning for the October local government elections. The Safe Campaign Guidelines - August 2020 aim to assist candidates to understand how to comply with the directions of the Victorian Chief Health Officer and to stay safe while campaigning. To download and view the Safe Campaign Guidelines - September 2020, please visit the Local Government Victoria website.
Useful local government resources
There is a range of useful resources for people who wanted to learn more about local government as a sector, and past council elections. Visit the following websites if you would like more information:
The former Minister for Local Government declared on 15 May 2020 that postal voting will be used across the State of Victoria.
The newly proclaimed Local Government Act 2020 provides the Minister for Local Government with the power to determine the voting system to be used for general elections. This determination of postal voting is consistent with Council’s preferred method as previous elections conducted in Moonee Valley have been by postal ballot.
It is important to note that the Chief Health Officer and the Minister for Local Government have advised that it is safe for the postal election to proceed this year during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Victorian Electoral Commission will post ballot packs to enrolled voters between 6 - 8 October 2020. The ballot pack will contain:
- a ballot paper attached to statements and photographs lodged by the candidates in your Ward
- a ballot paper envelope with a flap
- voting instructions
- a reply-paid envelope.
Postal voting closes at 6 pm on Friday, 23 October 2020. All postal votes must be posted by this closing date.
Am I Enrolled to Vote?
To be eligible to vote at the 2020 Moonee Valley City Council General Election, you need to have been enrolled by 4pm on Friday, 28 August 2020.
You are already enrolled to vote if:
- You will be 18 years of age or over on 24 October 2020; and
- You live in the municipality of Moonee Valley and are on the
- Victorian State voters’ roll for your present address; or
You may also be on the roll for this election if you enrolled directly with Moonee Valley City Council for the October 2016 elections.
Failure to Vote
Voting at the election is compulsory for residents of Moonee Valley who are enrolled on the Victorian electoral roll. Failure to vote will attract a penalty unless you are entitled to an exemption under the Local Government Act 2020.
The non-voter enforcement program will be managed by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC).