Victorians who were sent apparent failure to vote notices after October's council elections have been urged not to leave it too late to respond.
Electoral commissioner Warwick Gately said recipients should contact the VEC for assistance if they were unsure what to do with the notice, which is not a fine.
The notice calls on recipients to provide a reason for their apparent failure to vote.
Responses must be sent within 28 days of receiving the notice.
Ignoring the notice or failing to provide a sufficient reason for not voting could lead to a $83 fine.
The Victorian Electoral Commission encourages apparent failure to vote notice recipients to provide a detailed response with supporting documentation, where possible.
About 350,000 notices were issued, statewide - roughly 40 per cent fewer than were required after the 2016 general council elections.
It is not known how many apparent failure to vote notices were dispatched in the Bendigo area. However, almost 83 per cent of the electorate is known to have voted.
"If you need help understanding what the notice means and what you need to do, you can call us on 1300 551 575 or visit our website at vec.vic.gov.au," Mr Gately said.
"I also encourage you to sign up to our VoterAlert service, to make sure you're notified whenever there's a State or local council election happening."