State Election 2020 : Primer of content and facts
This is your one stop guide to the Queensland State Election 2020, in it contains links to all stories pertaining to this election.
This page in particular will be what binds all this information together, so you the voter can make an informed decision on election day.
We will initially focus our attention on all the seats in the Moreton Bay Region and seats that we routinely cover, they are found in our spotlight series including a new seat that was born from the 2016 seat redistribution.
This is the list of nine seats that will be of most interest locally:
Note: All Electorates now have all candidates in order on the Ballot Paper for Election Day as well as Polling Booths. Results of gains in promises to each electorate in summary and results of the count are now included in each electorate. These results are now declared and final
These links also contain full seat profiles, a complete list of candidates in order of the ballot paper, party affiliation or as an independent, contact details, websites for both party and candidate as well as a podcast as part of the "Get to know your candidate series" and NEW: Pre poll numbers daily.
The information will be updated regularly as information comes to hand, so its encouraged you revisit these pages from time to time.
Articles and all content related to the 2020 Queensland State Election are available here.
Major stories and Information on the State Election 2020:
2020 State general election fast facts:
Number of electorates : 93
Electors Approximately : 3.3 million
Election day for the State general election is : Every four years on the last Saturday in October–31 October in 2020
Voting system : Full preferential voting
Enrolling to vote/updating details : aec.gov.au
Candidate nominations : Open with the issue of the writ (expectedon 6 October) and closing date specified in the writ
Postal vote applications : Open on Monday 14 September at ecq.qld.gov.au
Early voting centres : Approximately 200 across Queensland
Election day voting centres : Approximately 1300 across Queensland
Election results : Results are declared when the outcome is mathematically certain
Election updates : ecq.qld.gov.au
The ECQ has developed a suite of election fact sheets that will continue to be expanded leading up to the election, to explain key aspects of election operations.
The factsheets are available on the 2020 State General Election webpage and include:
Fact sheets to come:
Voter Information Card (VIC); Counting votes; and Types of votes.Enrolment
Enrolment and voting in an election are compulsory for all eligible electors aged 18 and over.
Queensland’s electoral roll is maintained by the Australian Electoral Commission under a joint roll arrangement.
Electors can check or update their enrolment details on the Australian Electoral Commission website aec.gov.au.
The ECQ’s ads about enrolling to vote will be available on YouTube and the ECQ’s website.
The date for the close of the electoral roll for the 2020 state general elections will be designated in the writ.
Electors can still enrol or update their address details until 6pm on Friday 30 October (the day before election day).
This means casting a declaration vote.
A declaration vote requires the elector to complete further details when casting their vote.
Election timeline The Electoral Act 1992 establishes time frames for the conduct of state general elections, as detailed in the timetable below.
On 18 June,the state government passed additional legislation specific to the running of the election in 2020.
The Electoral and Other Legislation (Accountability, Integrity and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2020 provides the ECQ with greater flexibility to respond to any COVID-19 challenges during the election period.
Early postal vote registration is an example of this flexibility.
Key milestones for the 2020 Queensland general election Key election dates will be detailed when the Governor issues the writ that will call the election, in accordance with the Electoral Act 1992 the Constitution of Queensland 2001.
Those dates with an * may be varied under the legislative framework for the 2020 State general election.
2020 state general election Date
Postal vote applications open 14 September Dates for postal vote applications set by notice issued by the Electoral Commissioner
Issue of the writ 6 October Under the Constitution of Queensland 2001, the Governor must dissolve the Legislative Assembly and issue a writ for a general election 26 days before the normal polling day
Candidate nominations open 7 October after the issue of the writ
*Electoral roll closes Between five and seven days after the issue of the writ
*Candidate nominations close Between 8 and 18 days after the issue of the writ at 12 noon
Ballot paper candidate order draw Immediately following the close of nominations
Postal vote ballots progressively dispatched Following the ballot draw and printing of ballot papers
Postal vote applications close 16 October Dates for postal vote applications set by notice issued by the Electoral Commissioner
Early voting commences 19 October
Electronically assisted voting (telephone voting) commences 19 October
Cut-off for lodging how-to-vote cards with ECQ for approval 23 October at 5pm
Early voting closes 30 October at 5pm
Election Day Saturday 31 October, with voting from 8am to 6pm Under the Constitution of Queensland 2001, the normal polling day for an ordinary general election is the last Saturday in October every four years.
Preliminary (unofficial) counting of votes Saturday 31 October after the close of polls at 6pm
Official counting of votes begins Sunday 1 November
Last day for postal votes to be received 10 November
Election results declared Progressively when the outcome is mathematically certain
Return of the writ Not more than 84 days after the issue of the writ
Final day for election results to be disputed 7 days after the return of the writ
Election summary returns due Within 15 weeks after election day.
Election Service Plan The ECQ has released an Election Service Plan for the 2020 state general election.
This plan will detail the range of services for the elections, key election milestones and other information about the elections.
This is available on the website at ecq.qld.gov.au.
New legislation On 18 June, the Queensland Parliament passed the Electoral and Other Legislation (Accountability, Integrity and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2020, introducing new requirements for candidates, registered political parties and third partiesregarding electoral expenditure, registration and signage for this election, as well as providing the ECQ with flexibility in delivering the 2020 state general election during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Statement of principles governing the conduct of the COVID-19 Queensland General Election outlines what that flexibility looks like in responding to a re-emergence of COVID-19 in the lead-up to the election.
Boundaries Queensland is currently divided into 93 electoral districts.
At a State general election, electors in each electorate vote for one candidate to represent them in Parliament.
In mid-2017, the electoral boundaries were redrawn to accommodate Queensland’s growing and shifting population.
This was done to ensure each electorate has roughly the same number of voters to uphold the principle of one vote, one value.
The redistribution officially took effect when the 2017 State general election was called.
The State Election Pendulum