2020 State General Election

Queensland’s 2020 general election voting period is from Monday, 19 October to election day on Saturday, 31 October 2020.

The Governor has issued a writ requiring a State general election be held on Saturday, 31 October.

Key dates for the election, including close of nominations and start of early voting can be viewed on the election timetable.

The Election Service Plan PDF (0.9 MB) outlines the activities undertaken to deliver the election.

Candidates for the State general election

Candidate details are available online or as a spreadsheet XLS (0.11 MB). Candidates are listed in ballot paper order.

Early voting

Early voting is now open until 6.00pm Friday, 30 October 2020. The ECQ has expanded  the number and hours of operation of early voting centres across Queensland for the 2020 State general election.

There are approximately 200 early voting centres across Queensland. Search for your nearest early voting centre or view the current list of early voting centres PDF (0.69 MB). Locations and opening hours of early voting centres may be subject to change.

Most early voting centres will be open from:

  • 9.00am to 6.00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
  • 9.00am to 9.00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 9.00am to 5.00pm on Saturday, 24 October.

Enrol to vote or update your enrolment

You can update your electoral details at any time before 6.00pm Friday, 30 October, the day before election day.

If you change your enrolment after Saturday 10 October, your new details won’t be updated on the electoral roll in the polling place, but you can still complete a declaration vote.

Click here for more information to enrol or update your enrolment.

Voting is compulsory for all Queenslanders over the age of 18. If you don’t vote, you may receive a fine.

Postal voting

Applications for postal voting have closed.

Postal ballots are being sent to those who applied.

If you have applied for a postal vote, you should vote, sign, have it witnessed and mail it back as soon as possible. You must vote before 6.00pm on election day, 31 October and the ECQ must receive it by 10 November 2020 to be counted.

The ECQ opened postal vote applications early, from Monday, 14 September to Friday, 16 October 2020, to allow more time for electors to apply.

Election day

Election day is Saturday, 31 October 2020.  Approximately 1,300 polling booths will be open across Queensland from 8.00am until 6.00pm. Search for your nearest polling booth or view the current list of polling places XLSX (0.16 MB), including early voting centres.

Telephone voting

Electronically assisted voting (telephone voting) is a limited service for eligible electors only.

The service has been expanded for the 2020 State general election, however strict eligibility criteria applies. To learn more, read the telephone voting fact sheet PDF (0.74 MB).

Overseas electors

Voters who are overseas or interstate for the 2020 State general election are eligible to telephone vote. For overseas voters, international call charges will apply.

  • To register call +61 7 3035 8107 and select 1. You will be asked to verify yourself on the electoral roll.
  • After registering, you must call +61 7 3035 8107 and select 2 to cast your vote.
  • Refer to the Telephone voting for overseas electors fact sheet PDF (0.76 MB) for all the details including registration and voting times.

Remote area polling

The ECQ will deliver remote area polling to electors living in the State electorate of Cook. This electorate includes remote areas and islands, some of which are only accessible by air or sea.

COVID-19 measures

In consultation with health authorities, the ECQ has implemented a COVID-safe plan for all polling places to ensure Queenslanders can vote easily and safely in the 2020 State general election.

Returning Officers and supervisors will be provided with guidance and resources to ensure all returning offices and polling places are setup to protect voters and election staff from exposure to COVID-19. Measures to be implemented at these locations include:

  • training for election staff
  • actively maintaining social distancing
  • use of contact tracing registers
  • frequent cleaning
  • provision of hand sanitation facilities, and
  • use of daily checklists to ensure measures are maintained for the entire election period.

All measures are being implemented based on advice from Queensland’s Chief Health Officer.

The ECQ’s planning aligns with legislation passed by the Queensland Parliament to facilitate the safe conduct of the election, acknowledging the Queensland Government’s Statement of principles governing the conduct of the COVID-19 Queensland General Election.

Under the special legislative framework the ECQ has adapted some aspects of the service delivery model, such as opening postal vote applications early, and ensuring eligibility for telephone voting for certain specified electors who may be affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

Fact sheets and notifications

FAQs

In consultation with health authorities, the ECQ has implemented a COVID-safe plan for all polling places to ensure Queenslanders can vote easily and safely in the 2020 State general election.

There are a range of health protocols in place that follow advice from the Chief Health Officer:

  • Plan your vote – who will you vote for?
  • Know where and when you will vote
  • Stay 1.5 metres apart
  • Use hand sanitiser
  • Bring your own pen or pencil

If you have received a Voter Information Card in the mail or by email, bring this when you vote. This makes marking you off the electoral roll faster.

These measures were used in the March 2020 local government elections with great success. There was no recorded infection spike following the local government elections. The ECQ follows health direction from Queensland’s Chief Health Officer and implements actions on her advice.

A VIC is sent to all eligible electors in Queensland either in the mail or via email. The VIC has a QR code that is scanned at a polling booth. This is a quick way to be marked off the electoral roll and means you can spend less time in a polling booth.

If you are postal voting or telephone voting (only for eligible electors), you won’t need your VIC.

A delay in receiving your VIC in the post or via email, it could be because:

  • you haven’t updated the electoral roll and the VIC has gone to a previous address – go to aec.gov.au to check your enrolment details
  • you don’t have an email address included in your enrolment. You can add this by going to aec.gov.au and updating your enrolment
  • you don’t have a letterbox – Australia Post will only deliver if there is a letterbox
  • the postal system is taking longer than expected.

You can vote at any time during the  voting period for the 2020 State general election.

  • Early voting is from 19 to 30 October. Your nearest early voting centre and hours of operation can be found at ecq.qld.gov.au/early
  • Election day voting is from 8am to 6pm on Saturday 31 October. Your nearest election day polling booth can be found at ecq.qld.gov.au/booths
  • Telephone voting is available for eligible electors who are unable to vote in person or apply for a postal vote e.g. an overseas or interstate elector or someone with a disability. Read the Telephone voting fact sheet PDF (0.74 MB) for further information. To register for telephone voting, call 1300 912 782.
  • Postal voting applications have closed and ballots are being sent now. If you have applied for a postal vote, you should vote, sign, have it witnessed and mail it back as soon as possible. You must vote before 6pm on election day, 31 October and the ECQ must receive it by 10 November 2020 to be counted.

No. There is no online voting.

Only if you are eligible. Read the Telephone voting fact sheet PDF (0.74 MB) for further information.

Queensland general elections have full preferential voting. To make your vote count, you must number all the boxes in your order of preference starting with 1. For further details go to the Full preferential voting fact sheet PDF (0.98 MB).

You can find the election timetable for the 2020 State general election here.

Candidate nomination information is on the ECQ website here. Details of nominated candidates will be published on the ECQ website after the close of nominations. If you want to know specific candidate policies and ideas, contact their political party or the candidate.

If you are on the electoral roll in Queensland and are interstate or overseas for the 2020 State general election, you still have voting options. For the 2020 State general election, you are eligible to telephone vote or may apply for a postal vote. If you are concerned about the speed of mail delivery, you are advised to telephone vote.

Read all the instructions for interstate electors voting within Australia in the Telephone voting fact sheet PDF (0.74 MB).

Read all the instructions for voting from overseas in the Telephone voting for overseas electors fact sheet PDF (0.76 MB).

Yes. Once the writ has been issued and the election period is underway, all electoral materials MUST be authorised with the name and street address of the authoriser. A PO Box is not suitable. The authorisation must be able to be read. For further information go to the Electoral Advertising and Authorisation of Election Material fact sheet. Election advertising rules are detailed in the Electoral Act 1992.

The election is declared when the outcome of each electorate is mathematically certain. With the high number of postal votes for the 2020 State general election, it is possible declarations will be made when all votes received are counted after the deadline for the return of postal votes on 10 November. In the 2017 State general election, most electorates (45) were declared 12 days after election day.

Postal voting

Postal voting applications for the State general election have closed.

The ECQ opened postal vote applications early, from Monday, 14 September to Friday, 16 October 2020, to allow more time for electors to apply.

Yes. However if you prefer to receive one from the ECQ, you can apply online at ecq.qld.gov.au/postal.

The electoral roll is publicly viewable at electoral commission offices in Australia. When an election is called, political parties and candidates can access the electoral roll to send out voting information. If you wish to be anonymous (a silent elector) go to the Australian Electoral Commission website at aec.gov.au to update your enrolment.

The ECQ asks electors to vote, sign, witness and return their ballot materials in the envelope provided as soon as possible after receiving them.

You must vote before 6pm on election day, 31 October and the ECQ must receive it by 10 November 2020 to be counted.