Polls have just opened for election day for the Queensland council elections and two state by-elections. Please feel free to use this post to discuss the election. I’ll have a liveblog at 6pm Queensland time.
The ECQ has announced that 1.2 million people have already voted. This includes 1.1 million pre-poll voters, and at least 120,000 out of 570,000 registered postal voters. More than 40,000 people have registered for a telephone vote, a method which was previously very rare. When you include those who have registered for a postal vote or telephone vote not yet received by the ECQ, it’s possible up to 1.8 million people (out of a total electorate of 3.2 million) will have voted without going to an election-day booth.
When you combine this with a likely drop in turnout, it looks likely that today’s council elections will be the lowpoint for ordinary election-day voting in modern Australian political history (excluding all-postal elections).
I’m currently compiling the council election data from the 2016 election which will allow for better comparisons – I’ll put together a post when this is ready.