Voting for the Queensland State Election will get underway today, with early voting centres swinging open their doors across the Gold Coast this morning.
It means those who don’t want to face crowds and vote on election day can still cast their ballot from today.
Pre-poll centres are being opened two weeks earlier than usual this year, with officials expecting a record number of people to vote before election day due to COVID.
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Electoral Commissioner Pat Vidgen said everyone has a role to play to ensure it’s done in a safe manner.
“The ECQ wants all electors who are voting in person to have a streamlined and COVID-safe voting experience,” Mr Vidgen said.
“There are some very simple and proven steps we can all take to ensure voting is done easily and safely… We ask electors to plan the way they’ll have their say in the 2020 State general election.
“This means thinking about their vote before they get to the polling booth, bringing their Voter Information Card if they have one, staying 1.5 metres apart when voting, using hand sanitiser, and bringing a pen or pencil if they wish.”
Mr Vidgen also reiterated that it is up to us about whether or not we take “how-to-vote cards” being handed out by campaign workers at the polling booths.
There’s 16 early voting centres across the Gold Coast, which open from 9am to 6pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
While there’s extended hours for Tuesday and Thursday, with centres to remain open from 9am to 9pm.
The Queensland Election is set to take place on Saturday, October 31.
Here’s where you can cast your vote early:
ORMEAU: Ormeau Community Centre, 3 Cuthbert Drive, Ormeau
OXENFORD: Unit 4/131 Old Pacific Highway, Oxenford
COOMERA: Returning Officer Coomera – Unit 1/1 Waterway Drive, Coomera
HELENSVALE: Returning Officer Theodore – 4/54 Siganto Drive, Helensvale
NERANG: Returning Officer Gaven – 61 Price Street, Nerang
LABRADOR: Returning Officer Bonney – Shop 2, 118 Brisbane Road, Labrador
RUNAWAY BAY: Runaway Bay Community Centre, Lae Drive, Runaway Bay
ARUNDEL: Returning Officer Broadwater – Unit 3, 24 Technology Drive, Arundel
SOUTHPORT: Returning Officer Southport – Unit 6/51 Johnston Street, Southport
BUNDALL: Returning Officer Surfers Paradise – Shop 1, 25-27 Upton Road, Bundall
BURLEIGH: Fradgley Hall Community Centre, Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads, Returning Officer Burleigh – 6/53 Township Drive, Burleigh Heads
TUGUN: Tugun Village Community Centre, 414 Coolangatta Road, Tugun
MERMAID BEACH: Returning Officer Mermaid Beach – 2584 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
MERRIMAC: Returning Officer Mudgeeraba – Shops 1, 7 & 8, 1 Jura Parade, Merrimac
SURFERS PARADISE: 2/3298 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise