Voting closes in Ararat by-election

ARARAT - Voters have until 6pm tonight (Friday 14/2) to return their completed ballot paper for the Ararat Rural City by-election and avoid a fine.

Votes that do not reach the Returning Officer by this time cannot be counted.

The by-election was called following the resignation of Ian Wilson last year.

Three candidates have thrown their hat into the ring, Bill Braithwaite, Frank Deutsch and Glenda McLean.

If you have not posted your ballot packs as yet, you can hand deliver your vote to: Ararat Rural City Council Election Office, Ararat and Grampians Visitor Information Centre, 91 High St, Ararat; Ararat Rural City Council Offices, corner of Vincent and High Streets, Ararat; Lake Bolac Information and Business Centre, 2110 Glenelg Highway, Lake Bolac.

Voting is compulsory for voters who were on the State roll for this by-election on Friday, December 20 2013. Enrolled residents may be fined if they do not vote - this includes homeowners and tenants.

Anyone who has not received a ballot pack can obtain a replacement pack at the election office up until 6pm tonight.

The election will take place tomorrow and the new councillor will be declared on the Municipal Office steps at 10am on Monday.

The councillor elected at the by-election will represent Ararat Rural City Council until the next council elections in October 2016.

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