Council Elections


Local Government elections are held every four years. The Horsham Rural City Council general election will take place in October 2020.  The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) run a postal election on behalf of Horsham Rural City Council.  Ballot papers will be mailed to residents during the period 6 to 8 October 2020.  Voting closes at 6pm on 23 October 2020.

Seven Councillors will be elected to represent the municipality. Find out more information about the candidates and the voting process at the Victorian Electoral Commission website.  

The following external links are a valuable resource for candidates and voters:



Voting in Local Government elections is compulsory for anyone enrolled on the state roll.  Changes to the law now make it mandatory for people over 70 to vote if you are on the state roll.  If you are unsure if you are enrolled to vote or your address has recently changed, it is important to check or update your details by going to the Victorian Electoral Commission website.  Alternatively you can contact the Victorian Electoral Commission on 131 382.

The VEC have opened an office at 23 Roberts Avenue Horsham. They can be contacted on 1300 114 396 during business hours.


 Advice on safe campaigning for the October local government elections has been published by Local Government Victoria.  The Guidelines are available at Safe Campaign Guidelines 2020

 Election Period

Council's Election Period Policy is a requirement of Section 69 of the Local Government Act 2020 (‘the Act’) and has been developed to ensure that Horsham Rural City Council’s local general elections to be held in October 2020, and subsequent elections, are conducted in a manner that is ethical, fair and equitable, and are publicly perceived as such. 

Important Dates

  • Ballot packs will be delivered between 6 - 8 October
  • Close of Postal Voting - Friday 23 October 2020, 6pm
  • Statutory Meeting - Thursday 19 November 2020, 5.30pm
  • First meeting of new Council - Monday 30 November 2020, 5.30pm


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