Electoral Commission Queensland

Failure to vote

Apparent failure to vote notice

If you failed to vote at the Toowoomba South by-election held on Saturday 16 July 2016 you may have received an "Apparent Failure to Vote Notice". This notice allows you an opportunity to provide an explanation regarding your personal circumstances on polling day which may have impacted your ability to vote. 

Electors can contact ECQ on 1300 881 665 or via email to nonvoters@ecq.qld.gov.au with any questions. 

Infringement notice

You will receive an infringement notice if:

  • you did not respond to the apparent failure to vote notice
  • your reason provided on the apparent failure to vote notice is not valid or sufficient
  • you have not paid the reduced penalty amount. 

The infringement notice is accompanied by a request to pay the full penalty amount. You must reply within 28 days from the date the infringement notice was issued. Failure to pay the infringement notice or provide a valid and sufficient explanation will result in the matter being referred to the State Penalty Enforcement Register (SPER) for further action. 

In some circumstances you may be required to complete a Queensland statutory declaration (PDF, 234.9 KB).

SPER notices

If you failed to vote in the Local Government Quadrennial Elections held on Saturday 19 March 2016 and did not respond to ECQ notices, the matter has now been referred to SPER for further action.