Elec­tion to go ahead as usual

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

THE State Gov­ern­ment has ruled out a full postal elec­tion in Oc­to­ber.

The gov­ern­ment was tipped to make the change, but has opted against it ac­cord­ing to At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Jus­tice Min­is­ter Yvette D’Ath.

“The COVID-safe plan will build on the suc­cess­ful Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment elec­tions held in March, which re­sulted in no new cases of COVID-19 linked to the elec­tion.”

The state elec­tion will be held on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 31.

“This year’s State Elec­tion will see Queens­land have an elec­tion pe­riod, not just an elec­tion day,” the min­is­ter said.

“It will mean more pre-poll lo­ca­tions, longer pre-poll hours and more pre-poll vot­ing days in the two weeks prior to polling day.

“We’re also mak­ing ev­ery ef­fort to en­sure that come elec­tion day, Queens­lan­ders can get out to their lo­cal school or com­mu­nity hall to safely cast their vote.

“We want to see Queens­lan­ders en­joy­ing a democ­racy sausage and vot­ing in per­son where it’s safe to do so.

“Our prepa­ra­tions will be guided by the ad­vice of the Chief Health Of­fi­cer and Queens­lan­ders can be con­fi­dent we’re on track for a COVID-safe elec­tion.”

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