Electoral Commission Queensland

How to vote

Voting is compulsory in Queensland and a failure to do so may result in a fine.  ECQ provides voting assistance to help all Queenslanders have their say at the ballot box. 

Pre-poll voting

Casting your ballot before election day is called pre-poll voting. Anyone can vote early - no special reason needed! 

Pre-poll locations will be listed on the ECQ website. For larger elections, pre-poll centres may also operate interstate and overseas. 

Election day

Polling booths are where people cast their votes, and are generally located at schools or community halls. The booths open at 8am and close at 6pm on election day and a list of locations are on the ECQ website. 

When you arrive at a polling centre, go to the front desk where polling officials will ask you two questions:

  • What is your name?
  • What is your address?

After that, you'll be directed to a booth where you can vote in private. It's important to read the instructions on the ballot paper before casting your vote. 

Place your completed ballot paper in the ballot box as you leave.  Polling officials will be available to provide assistance should you have any questions.

Postal voting

If you are registered as a special postal voter, silent elector or you reside in a full postal ballot area - you will be sent your ballot materials in the mail. 

If you do not fall under one of these categories, you will need to apply for a postal vote.