The October 31st State election moves up a gear with applications for postal voting now open, but Queenslanders are warned to be wary of Australia Post if they want their vote to count.
Past Speaker of the Queensland Parliament and QUT Adjunct Associate Professor John Mickel said the postal vote was a popular option for people in remote and rural areas, as well as those less mobile, but this year it coincides with Australia Post retreating from a daily service to several times a week.
“Queenslanders in rural and remote areas should apply for a postal vote online at www.ecq.qld.gov.au rather than rely on Australia Post in lodging their applications,” Professor Mickel said.
“This will ensure their voting application is not impeded by Australia Post’s declining service.
“Postal vote envelopes must be post-marked on or before October 31, so every day is vital. If your vote arrives more than 10 days after the election it won’t count so aim to vote early.”
Professor Mickel said the Queensland Electoral Commission was doing its best to ensure the vital postal service is maintained.
“However, I would suggest Queenslanders in metropolitan or provincial cities use the increased pre-poll centres in the weeks leading up to October 31. Those will be listed on the ECQ website as the election gets closer,” he said.
“Otherwise, if you want to be sure to have your say in the election, enrol for your postal vote online as soon as possible.”
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