Queensland votes: Here's your last minute guide

Queenslanders will go to the polls on Saturday to decide whether Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is worthy of a third-straight term or LNP leader Deb Frecklington is a better leader.

Voting opens at 8am and closes at 6pm although up to a half of Queensland's registered electors will not need to visit one of the state's 1330 polling booths.

Of the 3.3 million registered, more than one million pre-poll votes had been cast by election eve.

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Another 400,000 postal votes have been returned to the Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ) while tens of thousands more postal votes are outstanding.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (left) and LNP leader Deb Frecklington were COVID-friendly on Friday but on Saturday night only one will be smiling when the votes are counted. Picture: Dan Peled
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (left) and LNP leader Deb Frecklington were COVID-friendly on Friday but on Saturday night only one will be smiling when the votes are counted. Picture: Dan Peled

In addition, 12,000 electors registered for telephone voting with about 80 per cent of those having used this service.

It was a similar story in 2017 with just 57 per cent of electors turning up to a polling booth on election day while 25 per cent of votes were cast pre-poll and a further 10 per cent were postal votes.

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Postal votes need to be completed by 6pm on election day and arrive at the ECQ by November 10 to be eligible to be counted.

There's no shortage of candidates or parties to choose from with a record 12 political parties and 597 candidates standing on Saturday, 144 more wannabe politicians than contested the 2017 election which Labor won after securing 48 of the 93 seats.

Ms Palaszczuk won in 2017 after Labor had to form a minority government in 2015, deposing one-term premier Campbell Newman in an upset victory.

LNP candidate for Cairns Sam Marino was one of more than a million electors who cast a vote at a pre-polling booth ahead of Saturday’s election. Picture: Brendan Radke
LNP candidate for Cairns Sam Marino was one of more than a million electors who cast a vote at a pre-polling booth ahead of Saturday’s election. Picture: Brendan Radke

Having entered the state political arena in 2006 after winning the seat of Inala, Ms Palaszczuk has promised to serve a full term in office should she be successful.

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The winner will be first to be guaranteed a fixed four-year term, one more than previously guaranteed, following a referendum in 2016.

Ms Frecklington is not only trying to lead the LNP to victory but remove a sitting Queensland government for only the seventh time since 1915.

Labor has been in government for all but one term since 1998 when Mr Newman won in a landslide in 2012, winning 78 of a possible 89 seats, only to ingloriously lose the following election in 2015 to Ms Palaszczuk.

Originally published as Qld votes: Your last minute guide


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