Political party postal vote applications you may receive are not from us: VEC
THE Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) is aware of postal vote applications that have been sent to Victorian electors, enclosed with material from political parties and candidates.
Electoral commissioner, Warwick Gately AM, has stressed that these postal vote applications have not been sent by the VEC.
The VEC is politically impartial and independent of government and does not distribute postal vote applications direct to households.
“If you have received a postal vote application in the mail enclosed with campaign material, it was not sent by the VEC, it was sent to you by a registered political party,” said Mr Gately.
‘Under the Electoral Act 2002, a political party is permitted to enclose a postal vote application with a letter or flyer from the party or a candidate, as long as the postal vote application is not attached to, or forms part of the political material or is modified in any way.
“The VEC has strict integrity measures to ensure any completed postal vote applications comply with electoral law.
“Any applications attached to or returned with political material received by the VEC will be rejected.
“It’s a matter I take very seriously.” Mr Gately encouraged those unsure or uncomfortable about responding to an unsolicited postal vote application to use the postal vote application online at vec.vic.gov.au, which takes five minutes to complete.
Online postal vote applications must be completed by no later than 6pm Wednesday, November 21.