Early voting centre absent
EUROA has gone without an early voting centre in this year’s state election, with locals having to travel to their closest locations of Seymour, Benalla or Shepparton to cast their vote.
Location of the centres have left some locals angered, leaving drivers to travel up to 100km round trip to make their vote before Election Day.
The Euroa Gazette spoke with the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) in how they decide where early voting centres will be placed around state.
Voting centres are selected based on a number of factors, including the requirements of the operations, building size, security, facilities, accessibility and availability to lease for a short period.
A VEC spokesperson said there are 88 districts in Victoria, with 103 early voting centres across the State.
“Most districts each have one early voting centre and the Euroa District is one of these,” they said.
“In addition to the early voting centres in Seymour and Shepparton, there are also mobile early voting locations, which cater to residents unable to attend an election day or early voting centre.”
Mobile voting locations closest to the Euroa community include Euroa Health, Nagambie Hospital, Violet Town Bush Nursing Centre and Currie Park.
The community were also reminded that there is no upper age limit for voting in the state elections.
“If you are 70 or older, you can become a General Postal Voter ( GPV) and by doing so, you will automatically have your ballot papers mailed to you for council and State elections,” the spokesperson said.
While GPV applications closed on November 6, enrolled residents can still apply for a one off postal vote for this election.
This must be done by 6pm, Wednesday, November 21.
Election day voting will be held at the Civic Hall in Euroa for those in the community wanting and able to cast their vote close to home.
If you have questions on any of the mentioned locations in the article or how to vote, you can contact the VEC for more information.