Huge crowds turn out for early voting in Qld state election

A record number of people have turned out to cast their vote early on the opening day of pre-poll voting ahead of the state election.

More than 100,000 voters have already had their say, less than two weeks out from election day.

That compares with around 70,000 voters who voted early in the council elections in March.


Pre-poll voting has been extended this year because of concerns about large crowds lining up at polling booths on election day.

Around 200 early voting centres opened across the state this morning with around half of all Queensland voters expected to cast their ballot before October 31.

Thousands turned out at voting centres on the Gold Coast today with plenty waiting in line before opening time.

They will be open until 6pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and until 9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays while centres will also be open this Saturday.

Voters queue at the Runaway Bay Community Centre | PHOTO: Twitter @ @DavidCrisafulli

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It comes as the Electoral Commission prepares to start sending out postal ballots this week.

A record 850,000 people have submitted a postal vote application for this election.