2024 Glenelg Shire Council Election

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The next Victorian local council elections will be held by postal ballot in October 2024.

Key Dates

To vote in the election

Enrolment applications must be received by 4pm on Wednesday 7 August 2024.

Nominations Open

Awaiting confirmation from the Victorian Electoral Commission.

Close of Nominations

Awaiting confirmation from the Victorian Electoral Commission.

Mailout of Ballot Packs

Awaiting confirmation from the Victorian Electoral Commission.

Close of Voting

6pm on Friday 25 October 2024 (postal ballots must be in the mail by this time for your vote to be counted).

Election Day

Saturday 26 October 2024 (no in-person voting).

Election to be declared by no later than Friday 15 November 2024.

Who can vote?

In a Victorian local council election there are two types of voters:

1. State-enrolled (automatically enrolled to vote in the 2024 Glenelg Shire Council elections).

2. Council-enrolled (must apply to be enrolled and include owner ratepayers, occupier ratepayers and corporation representatives).

You can only vote once in each municipality, no matter how many properties you own or occupy.

You must enrol before 4pm on Wednesday 7 August 2024.

Voting is compulsory for everyone who is enrolled.

1. State-enrolled voters

If you are on the State electoral roll, you are automatically enrolled to vote in the 2024 council elections for your enrolled address (where you live).

To be eligible to enrol on the State electoral roll you must be:

  • 18 years or older
  • an Australian citizen
  • have lived at your address in Glenelg Shire for longer than one month

To check if you are enrolled on the State electoral roll or for more information visit the VEC website

There is no limit to the number of State-enrolled voters for any one property.

2. Council-enrolled voters (ratepayers)

Some ratepayers can apply to become council-enrolled voters in Glenelg Shire if they are:

  • a property owner, occupier or represent a corporation
  • 18 years or older on election day (26 October 2024)
  • not a State-enrolled voter within the Glenelg Shire area.

The rules for council-enrolled voters have changed ahead of the 2024 council elections.

These changes are explained below.

2.1 Owner ratepayers

You can apply to enrol in Glenelg Shire elections if you:

  • own property and pay rates in the council area
  • are 18 years or older on election day (26 October 2024)
  • are not a State-enrolled voter who lives in Glenelg Shire

This includes:

  • Australian citizens who own a property in Glenelg Shire but do not live in the area (for example an investment or a holiday home)
  • non-citizens over 18 years who own a property and live in Glenelg Shire.
  • Up to two (2) owner ratepayers can apply to enrol per property, but each person only gets one vote.

To enrol, please complete and submit an Application for Enrolment.

Owner or Occupier Ratepayer - Resignation of Enrolment- please complete and submit this form.

2.2 Occupier ratepayers

You can apply to enrol in Glenelg Shire elections if you:

  • pay rates for a property that you occupy but do not own
  • are 18 years or older on election day (26 October 2024)
  • are not a State-enrolled voter

This includes where you operate a business out of a commercial property.

Up to two (2) occupier ratepayers per property can apply to enrol, but each person only gets one vote.

To enrol, please complete and submit the Application for Enrolment.

NOTE: Occupier ratepayers must reapply before every general council election.

Owner or Occupier Ratepayer - Resignation of Enrolment - please complete and submit this form.

2.3 Corporations

You can apply to enrol to vote on behalf of a corporation if you:

  • are a director or company secretary of a corporation that pays rates (either as an owner or an occupier) in the council area
  • have consented to being appointed as the corporation’s representative
  • are not already a State-enrolled voter or council-enrolled voter for Glenelg Shire

Only one (1) person can apply to enrol as the corporation’s representative.

To enrol, please complete and submit the Appointment of Voting Representative - the individual completing this form must have appropriate authority from the corporation to appoint another voting representative. The completion of this form will trigger an email to the nominated individual with a link to another form (Acceptance of Corporate Appointment) to complete their details, accept the appointment and sign the declaration.

Corporate Representative - Revocation of appointment - please complete and submit this form.

NOTE: Corporate representatives must reapply before every general council election.

Other information

Silent Voter - Requests that address not be shown - You must complete a separate application.  Please complete and submit the Silent Voter Request.

Voting is compulsory

It is compulsory for every person enrolled to vote at the 2024 local council elections. This requirement then continues for every council election and by-election thereafter and applies whether you are a State-enrolled or council-enrolled voter.

Exemptions to compulsory voting are prescribed in regulation 84 of the Local Government (Electoral) Regulations 2020.

Resources for voters

To check if you are a State-enrolled or council-enrolled voter in Glenelg Shire visit the VEC website.

Resources for Candidates

The Victorian Electoral Commission website and the State Government Local Government Victoria website and this website will be progressively updated in the lead up to the 2024 election.

Glenelg Shire Council is committed to encouraging diversity in people nominating for and being elected to Council. Below are a number of third-party resources which may be of assistance.

Women Leading Locally

Equality and Diversity in Local Government

A handbook for culturally diverse Victorians considering running for local government

VEC free online Voter Education Sessions

The VEC deliver free online voter education sessions about elections to communities including people with a disability, experiencing homelessness, from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and young people from all communities.  Voter education sessions can be delivered in some community languages and the VEC can provide interpreters.

For more information or to book a session visit the VEC website or you can e-mail education@vec.vic.gov.au, call on 131 832, or in other languages (03) 9209 0112, or via the National Relay Service (03) 8620 1100.