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Australia Voting chaos in Queensland ahead of local council elections

04:50  27 march  2020
04:50  27 march  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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Early Voting Notice LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS SATURDAY, 28 MARCH 2020. On the 22 February 2020, the Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) published notice of the Councils may apply to the Minister for Local Government for an election to be conducted only by postal ballot

Early voting is open for Queensland 's local government elections ! How voting works Did you know in Queensland the way to vote is different in state and local government elections ?

Qld elections. © AAP Qld elections. With less than 24 hours to go before the Queensland local council elections some pre-polling places are seeing wait times of up to 20 minutes.

9News gave a stopwatch to one voter at an Indooroopilly polling place and it took them 19 minutes and 46 seconds to cast their vote.

The lines are expected to be longer on election day tomorrow.

Just days ago the electoral commissioner told ABC radio it would take most people three minutes to complete the process.

"We've put in a whole lot of measures to make it as quick and safe as possible, in voting centres we've spaced things out as much as we can," electoral commissioner Pat Vidgen said.

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Local government in the Australian state of Queensland describes the institutions and processes by which towns and districts can manage their own affairs to the extent permitted by the Local

Voting is compulsory at all three levels of government in Queensland . There are many ways you can cast your vote , even if you're However if you're registered as a special postal voter , silent elector or if the election in your area is a full postal ballot, your voting materials will be mailed to you automatically.

"We've got some data from last week and this week, we estimate once you get into a polling centre, particularly if you bring your voter information card, you are in and out of that centre in three minutes."

a group of people standing on the floor: It is still compulsory to vote in the March 28 election. © Nine It is still compulsory to vote in the March 28 election. Current health advice about "close contact" amid the coronavirus pandemic says there is a higher chance of the virus spreading if you are in face-to-face contact with someone for at least 15 minutes.

One pre-poll voter at Nambour told 9News that when he went to vote, others were not respecting the social distancing laws.

"People were handing out how to vote cards without gloves and most certainly coming well within social distancing," he said.

"It made me really nervous how poorly prepared the polling station was when it comes to mitigating COVID-19."

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enrolled on the Queensland electoral roll. live in the local government area for local government For local government elections , you can pay by cash, bank cheque, credit card or EFTPOS in are successfully elected . receive 6% (state) or 4% ( local ) of the formal first preference votes in their

All elections in Queensland are conducted by the Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ). ECQ are responsible for all voting matters Council divisions were reviewed by the Local Government Change Commission in 2019, with boundary changes commencing at the March 2020 elections .

QLD elections. © AAP QLD elections. Another voter told 9News their voting location in Redland City had run out of hand sanitisers and there was no one carrying out extra cleaning measures.

Voters in Townsville who went to polling places early today had a similar experience.

"I was trying to get away from everybody so I didn't have to do it while everyone was here but that's not the case today," Kayla from Mudlo said.

"I didn't feel very comfortable [bringing my baby along] because there's so many people."

a group of people standing in front of a building: Townsville pre-poll voters also faced long lines this morning. © Nine Townsville pre-poll voters also faced long lines this morning. She told 9News it seemed that most people were not observing the 1.5-metre rule.

She said there was no sanitiser at the polling place and "everyone" was sharing the same provided pencils.

"I personally didn't see any sanitising facilities, if there is I didn't see it labelled anywhere. It certainly wasn't made clear," Dave from Bushland Beach said.

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In many parts of the world, local elections take place to select office-holders in local government, such as mayors and councillors. Elections to positions within a city or town are often known as "municipal

The 2019 Auckland local elections took place between September and October 2019 by postal vote as part of nation-wide local elections .

It comes after a video of Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) officers ignoring social distancing messages was leaked to 9News.

a close up of a sign: Vision shows ECQ workers disregarding social distancing rules in call centre Vision shows ECQ workers disregarding social distancing rules in call centre The video recorded inside an ECQ Brisbane call centre and sent to 9News Brisbane shows a packed-out office, with workers sitting two to a computer, leaning around partitions to talk to one another.

These call centres were set up to handle the influx of phone votes from people who did not want to risk voting in person amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Electoral Commission of Queensland is expected to provide an update on the situation later today.

Motorists face hours of delays as Queensland's borders are locked down .
Police roadblocks were rolled out at Queensland's Gold Coast at precisely 12.01am on Thursday as the state shut down its borders for the first time in more than 100 years. Cars heading north on the M1 towards Brisbane were directed off the highway and questioned by police, although most vehicles with Queensland registration plates were waved through. The last time the state restricted its borders was in 1918, during the Spanish flu pandemic."Of course the traffic was a little different back then, it wasn't cars, it wasn't trucks; it was probably horse and buggy on a track," Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler said.

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