What to do if your postal vote doesn’t arrive in time

PEOPLE who applied for a postal vote for Saturday's election must vote by the close of poll, even if they don't receive their postal vote on time.

About 570,000 people applied for a postal vote for the 2020 Local Government Elections and an Electoral Commission of Queensland spokeswoman said all were provided to Australia Post for priority delivery.

 

Queensland's local government elections are due to be held on Saturday despite the threat of coronavirus. Picture: Darren England
Queensland's local government elections are due to be held on Saturday despite the threat of coronavirus. Picture: Darren England

 

However some people have indicated on social media that they have still not received them.

The ECQ spokeswoman said voting is compulsory and "if a postal vote is not received in the mail tomorrow, Friday, electors can still vote on election day".

She said telephone voting was also available to those who are: physically impaired, seriously unwell, in an advanced stage of pregnancy, not mobile, or in quarantine or self-isolating on the advice of their medical practitioner.

Registration for telephone voting is available up to noon on Saturday and, once registered, voting can occur until 6pm that day.

More than 20,000 people have already registered for telephone voting.

People can also cast their vote at an early voting centre today until 9pm and on Friday from 9am to 6pm. For locations of early voting centres click here.

In relation to postal votes, they must be completed before the close of poll at 6pm on Saturday.

"Postal votes must be received by the ECQ no later than 5pm on Tuesday, April 7 to be included in the count," the spokeswoman said.

Voting hours on Saturday are from 8am to 6pm. For polling booth locations click here .

Originally published as What to do if your postal vote doesn't arrive in time



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