If your election ballot was damaged in last Thursday’s downpour, you will be relieved to know that you can get a replacement from the Victorian Electoral Commission office at 1/26 Vincent St (entry on Albert St).

Many people were concerned to find that the sodden mail they retrieved from their letter boxes last Thursday included their ballot papers for the Council election. Even when they had been dried out in front of the heater, people were concerned that the damage might mean the ballots would be invalid.

Staff at the VEC office said that they have received a number of calls from worried ratepayers but that replacement ballots are available over the counter at the office. You can also drop off your completed ballot in the ballot box at the door.

The office is open from 9am to 5pm every weekday, with extended hours on Thursday, 22 October (from 9am to 8pm) and Friday, 23 October (9am to 6pm).

Voting is compulsory and ballots must be in the mail by 6pm on Friday, 23 October. Even though the official Election Day is Saturday, 24 October, the election office will be closed and no votes can be cast on that day.

So, if you have any doubt whether your ballot will be acceptable to the VEC, drop by the office or give them a call on 1300 112 740.

Absentee voting is not an option in this election. If you are not currently living at your registered address, you need to contact the VEC election office for the municipality in which you are registered to ask them to send ballot papers to you. More details on the VEC website.