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Half of Qld vote before election day

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Half of Qld vote before election day

With many Queenslanders feeling uneasy about heading to the polls tomorrow, the ECQ has seen a surge in phone voting.
Words: AAP

Almost half of Queensland’s voters have cast their ballot before election day for the state’s 77 local governments.

About 45 per cent of voters have either cast their ballot early or applied for a postal vote as of Wednesday night.

More than 120,000 voter took advantage of extended voting hours on Wednesday.

The hours were extended in an effort to encourage early voting, to limit the amount of people voting on Saturday amid the coronavirus outbreak.

All 77 local governments will be decided on Saturday, as well as the state government seats of Bundamba and Currumbin.

Outside of Queensland, election observers will have their eye on four council’s in southeast Queensland.

The Electoral Commission of Queensland has revised procedures to make sure voters can participate “quickly and safely” amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Hand sanitiser will be readily available at the 1100 polling stations around the state on Saturday. Voters will be issued with pencils but can also bring their own.

Tables and other surfaces will be wiped down regularly, booths and screens positioned to maintain 1.5 metres of separation and only 100 people allowed inside at a time.

Ballot boxes will open at 8am on Saturday with polls closing at 6pm.

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