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Election Day / What You Need to Know

The race for the #QLDElection2020 finish line is on, with tomorrow being Election Day. If you're a late starter, and are heading to the polls tomorrow, here's a few key tips to bear in mind.

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The race for the #QLDElection2020 finish line is on, with tomorrow being Election Day. If you’re a late starter, and are heading to the polls tomorrow, here’s a few key tips to bear in mind.


Who’s vying for the top job?

Labor’s Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Liberal National Party’s Deb Frecklington are both vying for the role of Premier.


Who can I vote for in the Cook electorate?

Candidates are listed in the order they appear on the ballot.

BATZKE, Yodie (did not respond to DouglasNews.Network interview)

BROWN, Ed (Nipper) LNP (Interview here)

TAYLEY, Desmond NQF (did not respond to DouglasNews.Network interview)

NEAL, Brett (Beaver) Pauline Hanson’s One Nation (Interview here)

RUDDELL, Deby The Greens (Interview here)

PARKER, Tanika KAP (Interview here)

LUI, Cynthia Australian Labor Party. (Interview here)

GOULMY, Stephen Clive Palmer’s UAP (did not respond to DouglasNews.Network interview)

How do I vote?

Early voting in Mossman closes at 6:00pm today.
After 6.00 pm this evening, you will need to cast your vote in person at a regular polling booth before 6:00pm tomorrow Saturday, October 31, 2020.

Where do I vote?

Here’s a breakdown of the polling centres near you.


Daintree State School 3-7 Osborne Street, DAINTREE, QLD Australia 4873

Alexandra Bay State School 1630 Cape Tribulation Road, DIWAN, QLD Australia 4873

Julatten State School 1141 Euluma Creek Road, JULATTEN, QLD Australia 4871

Miallo State School Miallo Road, MIALLO, QLD Australia 4873

Mossman State School 30 – 34 Front Street, MOSSMAN, QLD Australia 4873

Mount Molloy CWA Hall 31 Main Street, MOUNT MOLLOY, QLD Australia 4871

Port Douglas Community Hall 13 – 29 Mowbray Street, PORT DOUGLAS, QLD Australia 4871

Wonga Beach State School 48 Snapper Island Drive, WONGA BEACH, QLD Australia 4873

Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council – Training Room 1 Hartwig Street, WUJAL WUJAL, QLD Australia 4895


Click here for a list of all Cook electorate polling booths.


What if I am voting by post?

If you lodge a postal vote, it must be received by the Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ) by November 10 for it to be counted.


Can I vote by telephone?

Telephone voting is available for eligible voters, but only to those who are eligible.


Do I have to tick all the boxes?

For your vote to count, you sure do. In Queensland, we have a preferential voting system. You must number all boxes on your ballot.

Do I have to vote?

You do. Voting is compulsory in Australia.
Anyone over the age of 18 who is registered on the electoral roll must cast a vote or you will be fined $133.


Can I get an election snag or cupcake?

You sure can!
Most of the school polling booths will feature the attraction of sizzling snags and home-baked cupcakes. We know that Wonga Beach and Alexandra Bay State School are hosting Election Day fundraising stalls.

How will coronavirus affect voting?

  • Bring your own pen or pencil
  • Maintain social distancing of 1.5 metres
  • Use the hand sanitiser provided
  • Plan your vote in advance

Each voting centre will use contact-tracing registers and frequent cleaning will be conducted throughout the day. In addition, postal voting and early voting facilities were expanded to accommodate the dramatically increased demand for early voting.


Do you have any further questions?

Check the Electoral Commission Queensland’s site http://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/ to have all your questions answered.

image Credit / Electoral Commission Queensland