BUNDY BY-ELECTIONS: Everything you need to know
VOTERS in Division 8 and Division 10 head to the polls today.
Many voters have been confused about where and when to vote, and what division they live in, so the NewsMail has put together a comprehensive guide of everything you need to know.
The dual by-elections are being held after David Batt won the seat of Bundaberg at November's state election and Peter Heuser resigned due to ill health in January.
Five polling booths are open today from 8am-6pm:
- Churches of Christ, Twyford Street, Avoca
- Branyan Road State School, Branyan Drive, Branyan
- Bundaberg West Baptist Church Hall, Avoca Street, Millbank
- Thabeban State School, Goodwood Road, Thabeban
- Walkervale State School, Water Street, Walkervale
Voters in both divisions can vote at all booths.
Assisted wheelchair access is available at the Avoca, Thabeban and Walkervale booths.
Division 8 is based on the suburbs of Avoca, Branyan and Millbank.
Division 10 is based on the suburbs of Walkervale and Avenell Heights.
The Division 8 candidates, in ballot order, are Jane Truscott, Steve Cooper and David Facer.
The Division 10 candidates, in ballot order, are Crystal Jones, John Learmonth, Tim Sayre and Lynne Forgan.
More than a thousand people have already voted in pre-polling, which closed at 6pm last night, and hundreds have applied for postal votes, which must be returned to the ECQ by February 20.
Voting is compulsory and failing to do so may result in a 126.15 fine.
In Queensland, optional preferential voting is used in council elections, which means people can just vote one or they can choose to number some or all of the boxes in the order of their preference.