Electoral Commission Queensland

Failure to vote

Apparent failure to vote notice

If you don't vote at a council or state government election, you may receive an "Apparent Failure to Vote Notice". It provides an opportunity for you to explain why you didn't cast your ballot or to pay a reduced fine.

Electors can contact ECQ on 1300 881 665 or email 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.