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VEC assures people won’t be fined if their postal votes don’t arrive in time

The VEC has assured voters that if they’ve applied for a postal vote and it doesn’t arrive, they won’t be hit with a fine for failing to vote.

Tom Elliott raised the issue with VEC spokesperson Mike Lagastes after a member of the 3AW team applied for postal votes twice since last Monday and hasn’t received either.

“We’ve processed all the postal vote applications we’d received by yesterday’s deadline,” Mike said.

“We’ve processed and dispatched all of those, so as far as we’re concerned there’s no issue.

“They’ve been dispatched through Australia Post with the highest priority mail.

“But there are going to be some instances where there’s issues with the postal service.”

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Mike said if someone has applied to the VEC for a postal vote and it’s been issued, but doesn’t turn up, that person won’t be issued with a fine for not voting.

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