You can vote in the Victorian State Elections if you are:
If you didn’t enrol by the deadline, you can still vote. Visit a voting centre to enrol and vote on the spot. Make sure you bring ID, such as your driver licence, learner permit, Australian passport, or a recent electricity bill or council rates notice in your name and showing your address. Let one of the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) voting centre staff know you are not enrolled, and they can assist you.
Yes, if you meet the criteria listed above you have to vote. You can receive a fine of $92 if you do not vote without a good justification for why you could not vote.
Many people in Victoria will vote on election day. In 2022, Election Day will be held on Saturday 26 November. Voting is open between 08:00 and 18:00 on that day.
If you cannot vote on election day, you can vote earlier in person or by mail (a postal vote) among other options listed below.
You can vote:
Outside the polling booth or early voting centre, you may see candidates and/or volunteers helping the candidates. They may offer you a piece of paper called a ‘how-to-vote’ card.
You do not need to take or follow the how-to-vote card if you do not want to. It can help you decide how to vote if you agree with the candidate’s policies. However, you can still vote for the candidate and rank the other candidates in a different order than what the how-to-vote card suggests.
Inside the polling booth, you will see a VEC election official at a table with a list of names. You need to check in with the election official. They will ask for your name, your address, if you have already voted in the election, and to confirm your electorate. The election official will give you two ballot papers and will point you to where you should vote.
You will vote at cardboard voting booths. The booths have dividers so no one else can see how you vote. The booths have pencils that you can use to mark your vote, but you can also use your own pencil or pen.
If you need help filling out the election ballot papers, you can take a support person or friend with you. The election official can also help you. This helper should not tell you who to vote for and must not tell anyone how you voted without your consent.
If you will be travelling during election day (either within Australia or overseas), you can either:
You can also call the VEC on 13 18 32 to find out more information.