Electoral Commission Queensland

How to Vote

Voting is compulsory in Australia 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.

Early voting (pre-poll)

Casting your ballot before election day is called early voting. Everyone is welcome to do it - no special reason needed!

Early voting locations will be listed on this website once an election has been called.

Election day

Polling booths are where people cast their votes and they are generally located at schools or community halls. The booths operate from 8am - 6pm on an election day. A list of locations will be provided on this website once an election has been called.

When you arrive at a polling booth, head to the front desk where an election official will verify your identity before giving you your ballot paper.

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

Your voting materials will be mailed to you if you are registered as a special postal voter, silent elector or if the election in your area is a full postal ballot.

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