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Australia Qld to hold first BYO election for voters

21:01  27 march  2020
21:01  27 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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It could easily be dubbed Australia's first BYO election.

The checklist for Queensland's council elections and two by-elections on Saturday includes a pen, a mask, sunscreen, a hat and a voting ID card.

Patience may also be required in large doses as Queenslanders head to the polls amid the coronavirus crisis.

Limits on the number people allowed to gather indoors means fewer people within a polling station at any one time and potentially long queues.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young has not only this week urged everyone to "get in and "get out" but also urged people protect themselves from the sun.

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"If you're sick, stay home but when you're out and about maintain a 1.5-metre distance," Ms Young said.

"And then when you go to vote ... take your own pen, make sure you have the card you need for your name to be ticked off the electoral roll.

"And while you're standing out in those queues my only recommendation is to wear a hat and sunscreen."

She said there would be "no harm" if people adhered to a 1.5m space in an open environment.

The Queensland branch of the Australian Medical Association this week recommended voters who had face masks to wear them at polling stations.

Polling booth attendances will be down after more than half of those registered to vote already visited a pre-polling station or applied for a postal vote.

The election covers 77 councils and two state electorates and brings with it a wealth of narratives after what has been a chaotic four years.

The voters in Ipswich and Logan have had their victorious mayors of 2016 either resign or be sacked following a corruption investigation.

The mayoral race in Brisbane is between LNP candidate Adrian Schrinner and Labor candidate and former journalist Patrick Condren.

Queenslanders in two state government electorates will also be voting in by-elections at Bundamba (Ipswich) and Currumbin (Gold Coast).

Polling booths will open at 8am and close and 6pm.

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