Voting at NSW Local Council elections is compulsory for all enrolled electors.
If an elector is on the roll for a council having an election and they don't vote, they will receive a penalty notice.
We are required by law to issue a penalty notice to an elector, who appears to have failed to vote at an election.
The notice gives options to:
- provide a claim that you voted and details of where you voted, via novote.elections.nsw.gov.au
- give a reason in writing for not voting, using the rear of the ‘Apparent Failure to Vote’ notice
- pay the penalty
- apply to have the matter heard in court (a court may impose a penalty for an offence of failing to vote of $110 plus court costs).
You must reply within 28 days of the issue date of the notice.
Penalties for not Voting
The penalty for failing to vote at a State election or Local Government election is $55. Penalty payments are remitted to the NSW Treasury and not retained by the NSW Electoral Commission.
Steps for future elections
- Use our Election Reminder Service so we can advise you when you need to vote at upcoming State and Local Government elections
- People who are overseas and unable to vote can notify the Australian Electoral Commission
- People who are unable to attend a polling place may be enrolled under special enrolment options.