State General Election Updates

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The media information kit PDF (0.82 MB) for the 2020 State general election.

October

Monday 26 October

Early voting numbers for the 2020 State general election have broken all previous Queensland records, with more than 740,000 electors already casting their vote, including 68,000 as at 3.30pm today. This matches  the total number of early voters in the 2017 State general election.

The ECQ is offering extended opening hours over the two-week early voting period through to 30 October. Around 1,300 polling booths will be open on election day, 31 October, from 8am to 6pm.

Search for early voting centres and election day polling booths at ecq.qld.gov.au/booths.

Postal voting

All postal votes have been printed and lodged with Australia Post for delivery. Around 900,000 postal votes have been issued, as compared to 570,000 applications for the local government elections in March, and 366,000 in the State general election in 2017.

Postal votes received prior to election day will be distributed to the relevant Returning Officers where they are examined in the presence of any scrutineers who choose to attend, to make sure the voter is correctly enrolled, and the declaration envelope is correctly signed and witnessed. These ballot papers are separated from identifying information and placed in a secure ballot box to be counted on election night as part of the preliminary (unofficial) count.

More than 117,000 completed ballots have been returned to the ECQ and are being sent on to the relevant Returning Officer.

Postal votes must be completed by 6pm on election day, 31 October, and received by the ECQ by 10 November to be included in the count. Electors are encouraged to complete their postal ballot as soon as they receive it and to return it straight away.

Election funding disclosure

In the final week leading up to an election, candidates and third parties must now disclose donations within 24 hours.

Since 30 June 2020, candidates, third parties and registered political parties have disclosed 2575 donations totalling more than $11,100,000. A further $500,000 has been disclosed by donors which is yet to be disclosed by the recipient party or candidate. The ECQ is actively engaging with parties and candidates about these returns. This information is accurate as at 3.30pm this afternoon.

39 third parties are currently registered for the State general election. A third party is an individual or an entity who makes donations or incurs electoral expenditure in support of candidates or registered political parties.

Election timetable

  • Early voting: Monday 19 October to Friday 30 October
  • Election day: Saturday 31 October
  • Deadline for return of postal votes: 5pm on Tuesday 10 November

Election updates will be published at https://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/media

Election statistics will be published daily.  

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Friday 23 October

More than half a million of Queensland’s 3.38 million electors have already voted in the 2020 State general election.

As at 3:30pm, more than 85,000 electors had voted today, bringing the total number of early votes cast so far to over 580,000.

Early voting centres will be open tomorrow, from 9am to 5pm. This is the first time that electors statewide will be able to vote on a Saturday during the early voting period for a State general election in Queensland.

The ECQ is offering extended opening hours over the two-week early voting period through to 30 October. Around 1,300 polling booths will be open on election day, 31 October, from 8am to 6pm.

Search for early voting centres and election day polling booths at ecq.qld.gov.au/booths.

Postal voting

More than 898,000 postal votes have been printed and lodged for delivery with Australia Post.

More than 60,000 completed ballots have been returned to the ECQ.

Postal ballots received prior to election day will be distributed to the relevant Returning Officers where they are examined in the presence of any scrutineers who choose to attend, to make sure the voter is correctly enrolled, and the declaration envelope is correctly signed and witnessed. These ballots papers are separated from identifying information and placed in a secure ballot box to be counted on election night as part of the preliminary (unofficial) count.

Postal votes must be completed by 6pm on election day, 31 October, and received by the ECQ by 10 November to be included in the count. Electors are encouraged to complete their postal ballot as soon as they receive it and to return it straight away.

Election timetable

  • Early voting: Monday 19 October to Friday 30 October
  • Election day: Saturday 31 October
  • Deadline for return of postal votes: 5pm on Tuesday 10 November

Election updates will be published at ecq.qld.gov.au/media

Election statistics will be published daily.  

Follow us on Twitter for updates.

Thursday 22 October

Postal voting

All postal ballots have been printed and lodged for delivery with Australia Post.

More than 898,000 postal votes have been issued.

The ECQ has established two postal hubs, in Townsville and Parkinson, where postal ballots returned by electors to the ECQ will be received and distributed to each Returning Officer.

Completed ballots have begun arriving at these hubs, with more than 15,000 completed ballots to be distributed to Returning Officers this evening.

Postal ballots received prior to election day will be distributed to the relevant Returning Officers where they are examined in the presence of any scrutineers who choose to attend, to make sure the voter is correctly enrolled, and the declaration envelope is correctly signed and witnessed. These ballots papers are separated from identifying information and placed in a secure ballot box to be counted on election night as part of the preliminary (unofficial) count.

Postal votes must be completed by 6pm on election day, 31 October, and received by the ECQ by 10 November to be included in the count. Electors are encouraged to complete their postal ballot as soon as they receive it and to return it straight away.

Declared institutions

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, election officials will not be visiting aged care facilities that would usually be ‘Declared Institutions’.

Instead, Returning Officers are working with facilities to arrange alternative methods of voting, including postal voting or telephone voting.

Early voting

As at 3:30pm, more than 83,000 electors had voted today, bringing the total number of early votes cast so far to around 459,000. Booths will be open until 9pm this evening.

The ECQ will be offering extended opening hours over the two-week early voting period through to 30 October, including Saturday 24 October.

Search for early voting centres and election day polling booths at ecq.qld.gov.au/booths.

Election timetable

  • Early voting: Monday 19 October to Friday 30 October
  • Election day: Saturday 31 October
  • Deadline for return of postal votes: 5pm on Tuesday 10 November

Election updates will be published at ecq.qld.gov.au/media

Election statistics will be published daily.  

Follow us on Twitter for updates.

Wednesday 21 October

Postal voting

More than 890,000 postal votes have been printed and lodged with Australia Post for delivery to electors across the state. Completed ballots have also begun arriving back with the ECQ.

Postal ballots received prior to election day will be scrutinised to make sure the voter is on the electoral roll and the declaration envelope is correctly signed and witnessed. These ballots papers are separated from identifying information, and placed in a secure ballot box to be counted on election night as part of the preliminary (unofficial) count.

Postal votes must be completed by 6pm on election day, 31 October, and received by the ECQ by 10 November to be included in the count.

Early voting

Approximately 140,000 electors voted yesterday bringing the total in the first two days of early voting to over 260,000.

As at 3:30pm, nearly 100,000 electors had voted today. This brings the total number of early votes cast to almost 360,000. Booths will be open until 6pm this evening and from 9am to 9pm tomorrow.

The ECQ will be offering extended opening hours over the two-week early voting period through to 30 October, including Saturday 24 October.

Search for early voting centres and election day polling booths at ecq.qld.gov.au/booths.

Full preferential voting

The ECQ has also reminded electors that State elections in Queensland have full preferential voting, meaning every box on the ballot paper must be numbered in order of preference starting with one.

Electors should also ‘stop and consider’ the information they receive during the election campaign. The ECQ is responsible for checking authorisation of election material but does not have a role in regulating the content of political advertising, other than statements about the process of voting or false statements about a person’s character or conduct. Read the fact sheet here PDF (0.96 MB).

Election timetable

  • Early voting: Monday 19 October to Friday 30 October
  • Election day: Saturday 31 October
  • Deadline for return of postal votes: 5pm on Tuesday 10 November

Election updates will be published at ecq.qld.gov.au/media

Election statistics will be published daily.  

Follow us on Twitter for updates.

Tuesday 20 October

The ECQ will be publishing statistical summaries of early votes, telephone votes and postal votes issued by electorate.

Data is now available on the ECQ website, and early voting and telephone voting figures will be updated daily throughout the early voting period.

120,000 electors voted yesterday in a record first day of early voting.

As at 3:30pm, more than 100,000 electors had voted today, with a total of 220,000 votes cast since early voting opened yesterday.

Booths will be open until 9pm this evening.

The ECQ will be offering extended opening hours over the two-week early voting period through to 30 October, including Saturday 24 October.

Search for early voting centres and election day polling booths at ecq.qld.gov.au/booths.

Postal voting

A record number of postal vote applications were received, with around 890,000 postal votes to be sent for this election, including those people enrolled to automatically receive a postal vote.

Postal votes must be completed by 6pm on election day, 31 October, and received by the ECQ by 10 November to be included in the count.

Election timetable

  • Early voting: Monday 19 October to Friday 30 October
  • Election day: Saturday 31 October
  • Deadline for return of postal votes: 5pm on Tuesday 10 November

Election updates will be published at ecq.qld.gov.au/media

Election statistics will be published daily.  

Follow us on Twitter for updates.

Monday 19 October

As at 3.30pm this afternoon, a record more than 100,000 electors have attended one of the 200 early voting centres on the first day of early voting in the 2020 State general election.

Nearly 70,000 electors voted on the first day of early voting in the local government elections in March.

Booths will be open until 6pm this evening, and from 9am-9pm tomorrow.

The ECQ will be offering extended opening hours over the two week early voting period through to 30 October, including Saturday 24 October.

Search for early voting centres and election day polling booths at ecq.qld.gov.au/booths.

Postal voting

Postal ballots are being printed and sent now and all postal ballots will be lodged with Australia Post by 21 October.

A record number of postal vote applications were received, with around 850,000 postal votes to be sent for this election. The final number of postal votes will be determined after the remaining paper application forms have been processed, and any duplicate applications have been resolved.

Postal votes must be completed by 6pm on election day, 31 October, and received by the ECQ by 10 November to be included in the count.

Electronically Assisted Voting

As at 3pm this afternoon, around 1800 people have requested a telephone vote, and of these, more than 1000 have called to complete their vote.

Telephone voting is a special service for vulnerable electors who have limited voting options. This service is not available to everyone and there are strict eligibility checks.

Electors are requested NOT to attempt to register for this service if they do not meet the criteria. Calling to register when not eligible means phone lines can become congested and prevent eligible electors from being able to vote.

Election timetable

  • Early voting: Monday 19 October to Friday 30 October
  • Election day: Saturday 31 October
  • Deadline for return of postal votes: 5pm on Tuesday 10 November

Election updates will be published at https://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/media

Follow us on Twitter for updates.

Friday 16 October

More than 820,000 voters will receive a postal vote for the State general election.

Postal vote applications close at 7pm this evening, with 820,000 applications received by 5pm this afternoon. The final number of postal votes will be determined after the close of applications, processing of remaining application forms, and removal of any duplicate applications.

This compares to around 567,000 for March’s local government elections, and over 360,000 for the State general election in 2017.

Postal ballots are being printed and sent now and all postal ballots will be lodged with Australia Post by 21 October.

Postal votes must be completed by 6pm on election day, 31 October, and received by the ECQ by 10 November to be included in the count.

Early voting

Early voting will open on Monday 19 October at more than 200 early voting centres across the state. The ECQ will be offering extended opening hours over the two weeks through to 30 October, including Saturday 24 October.

Search for early voting centres and election day polling booths at ecq.qld.gov.au/booths.

Election timetable

  • Applications for postal votes close: 7pm on Friday 16 October
  • Early voting: Monday 19 October to Friday 30 October
  • Election day: Saturday 31 October
  • Deadline for return of postal votes: 5pm on Tuesday 10 November

Election updates will be published at https://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/media.

Follow us on Twitter for updates.

Tuesday 13 October

The ECQ has confirmed that ‘democracy sausage’ sizzles and other fundraising events can proceed on election day, as long as organisers follow relevant COVID-19 guidelines.

Candidate nominations

A record 597 candidates have nominated for election in the 2020 State general election, comprising nominations endorsed by Queensland’s 12 registered political parties and 69 non-endorsed or independent candidates.

Following the close of nominations, a ballot draw was conducted to determine the order candidates appear on ballot papers. Details of candidates in ballot paper order are available on the ECQ website.

Postal vote applications

As at 5.00pm today, almost 700,000 voters have applied for a postal vote.

Electors can apply for a postal vote through to 7pm Friday 16 October.

Ballot paper printing

Following Sunday’s ballot paper order draw, printing of ballot papers has begun.

Approximately 7 million ballot papers will be printed ahead of election day.

Early voting

Early voting will open on Monday 19 October at more than 200 early voting centres across the state. The ECQ will be offering extended opening hours over the two weeks through to 30 October, including Saturday 24 October.

Search for early voting centres and election day polling booths at ecq.qld.gov.au/booths.

Voter information cards

Most of the 3.4 million Voter Information Cards (VICs) have been lodged with Australia Post for delivery.

VICs contain important information about early and election day voting and will be sent to electors in Queensland on the electoral roll as at 30 September.

Electors who have applied for a postal vote for the 2020 State general election will receive a VIC to ensure they are aware of their voting options. Electors who are registered as postal voters will not receive a VIC.

Election timetable

  • Applications for postal votes close: 7pm on Friday 16 October
  • Early voting: Monday 19 October to Friday 30 October
  • Election day: Saturday 31 October
  • Deadline for return of postal votes: 5pm on Tuesday 10 November

Election updates will be published at https://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/media.

Follow us on Twitter for updates.