The Victorian State Election will be held on November 24th and for people experiencing homelessness or housing crisis the election poses both a problem and an opportunity.
If a person is homeless, they do not have to vote and they can’t be fined if they enrol using a ‘no fixed address’ form. If someone you are working with does face a fine and they can provide evidence of homelessness or transient housing the fines won’t be enforced.
If a person you are supporting wishes to to participate in voting, but hasn’t enrolled they will need to enrol before 8pm on Tuesday 6th November.
Also, if you are working with someone who is concerned about privacy due to family violence issues, they can enrol as a silent elector and their details will not appear on the electoral roll.
Hardcopy information about these and other issues has been posted to all SHS agencies in the Loddon Mallee region, but relevant information can also be found at https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/ under the enrolment or education and inclusion tabs.