Enrol to vote in the 2024 Council election

Published on 06 May 2024

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The 2024 Glenelg Shire Council election will be held in October, but it’s time for voters to start ensuring they are eligible to cast their ballot.

Anyone on the State electoral roll is automatically enrolled to vote – anyone 18 years or older who is an Australian citizen and has lived at their address in Glenelg Shire for longer than one month can enrol on the State roll.

But for Council elections there are also other categories of ratepayers.

The largest of these – there about 1000 eligible to vote in Glenelg Shire – are owner ratepayers.

These ratepayers either own property in the Shire but do not live here or are ineligible to enrol on the State roll as they are not citizens.

Occupier ratepayers are another category – they pay rates on a property they occupy but do not own (including operating a business out of a commercial property).

Unlike State-enrolled voters where all voters are eligible to vote, regardless of how many live at a property, for the owner and occupier ratepayer categories up to two (2) ratepayers per property can apply to enrol.

Another category is that of corporations – for properties owned by corporations, a representative can also be nominated to vote on its behalf.

All these categories of ratepayer must re-apply to vote before every election. The rolls will close on 7 August 2024.

Voters can also request to be placed on the silent roll, where their address is not shown on the electoral roll.

So where can you find more information?

Council has information on our website to help anyone determine their eligibility, as well as the forms that need to be filled out for the owner, occupier, Corporation and silent categories of voters

The information is sourced from the Victorian Electoral Commission, which conducts all Local Government elections.


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