Queensland State Election FAQs
Electoral Boundary Changes
A state redistribution has recently been undertaken to help rebalance the number of voters in each electoral district.
The boundaries of the Maroochydore electorate are largely unchanged, except that the suburb of Coolum Beach is now in the newly created seat of Ninderry.
To check which electorate you are in, you can search your address in the state district map here: http://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/electoral-boundaries/find-my-electorate/state-district-maps-new.
When is the next State Election?
The date for the next State Election is yet to be announced by the Palaszczuk Government but it must be held on or before 5 May 2018.
Am I on the electorate roll and for what district?
You can check your enrolment details on the Australian Electoral Commission website https://aec.gov.au/
How do I check my enrolment or update my address details?
If you would like to enrol to vote, check your enrolment details or find out what voting options are available, you should go to http://www.ecq.qld.gov.au
/ or call the Queensland Electoral Commission voters helpline 1300 881 665.
How do I vote if I can't get to a polling booth on election day?
You can vote at a pre-poll centre (venue to be announced) from nine days before the election date; or apply for a postal vote by filling out a form and having your ballot paper sent to you before election day.
How do I apply for a Postal Vote Application Form?
When an election is called, you will be able to download an application form from the Electoral Commission website: http://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/. If you are unable to print off a form, please ring or email Fiona Simpson's office (Tel: 5406 7100 Email: email@example.com) and ask for an application form to be posted to you.
I will be interstate or overseas on polling day. Can I vote at poll vote before election day?
Yes. You, depending on when pre-poll centres open, you may be able to have a pre-poll vote before you leave or at an overseas pre-poll centre. Go to http://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/ for more information.
I have changed address. Do I need to fill out a new enrolment form?
You can update your address details online at http://www.aec.gov.au/enrol/change-address.htm as long as you can supply your driver's licence details. If you are not currently enrolled or do not have a driver's licence you will need to fill out an enrolment form, click here to access the form.
Can I enrol after the official close of rolls?
Yes, you can enrol any time up to 6.00 pm on the day before election day. It will be too late for your name to appear on the official list of voters but the Commission will make special arrangements to ensure you can vote.
What happens if I don't vote?
Voting is compulsory for State and local government elections. If you don't vote you will receive a Failure to Vote notice. If you are unable to provide a valid reason for not voting you will be required to pay a fine.
How do I know where I can vote?
You can vote:
- at a polling booth in your electoral district on election day;
- as an absent voter at any polling booth in Queensland;
- as an early voter at a pre-poll centre;
- by post, if you have applied for a postal vote; or
- if you are ill or infirm, by arranging for a polling official to visit your home.
My friend/relative needs assistance when voting. Am I able to assist them?
Yes. If an elector requires assistance they are able to choose a person to assist them. They may also ask a Polling Official at a polling booth for assistance. Alternatively an elector can apply for an electoral visit vote where an Electoral Officer will visit them at home at an arranged time to take their vote. Contact ECQ for information on 1300 881 665.
I have recently changed address but I haven't updated my details. Can I still vote?
Yes. You can either cast an ordinary vote for the address where you were previously enrolled or you can update your details click here before 6.00 pm on the day before election day and cast a declaration vote for your new address.
Where can I vote before polling day?
Details of pre-poll offices will be available after the election is called at http://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/ .
Where can I find a map for the Maroochydore electorate?
Click here to see the map for the Maroochydore electorate: http://ecq.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/69349/ECQ-2017-Final-Maroochydore.pdf
Where can I find a map for the Ninderry electorate?
Click here to see the map for the Ninderry electorate: http://ecq.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/69363/ECQ-2017-Final-Ninderry.pdf