Early vot­ing cen­tre ab­sent

Euroa Gazette - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

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.

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