Failure to Vote - Council Elections 2016

Didn’t vote in the October 2016 local council elections?

The Victorian Electoral Commission is now sending "Apparent failure to vote" notices to people who appear not to have voted in the 2016 council elections. This notice is not a fine—it is an opportunity for you to explain why you didn’t vote.

All excuses for Failure to Vote must be made in writing to the Victorian Electoral Commission by 27 February 2017.

If you have a reason for not voting then provide a detailed statement on the form. If your excuse for failing to vote or explanation of why you did vote is considered sufficient then no further action will be taken and you will not be fined. All of the instructions on how to respond are printed on the notice, along with a reply-paid envelope and information in languages other than English.

What if I don’t respond or provide a valid excuse?

If you do not respond to the apparent failure to vote notice or if the excuse you provide is not considered sufficient, you will receive an infringement notice with a fine of $78 (half a penalty unit). You must pay this fine or take other action within 42 days of receiving the infringement notice. The matter will become more serious and costly if you ignore this notice.

For all enquiries please contact the VEC’s compulsory voting centre on 1300 551 575 or visit  

Updated : 10:10 AM, 14 March 2017

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