Sunshine Coast Council area residents have flooded polling places early ahead of Election Day. The numbers who have already done so may ensure one of the softest turnouts on record.
Sunshine Coast Council area residents have flooded polling places early ahead of Election Day. The numbers who have already done so may ensure one of the softest turnouts on record.

Poll shock: just how many have voted early

APART from the result, the big question to be answered on Saturday is how many will turn out to vote.

Electoral Commission Queensland has revealed 89,173 people had voted early at pre-poll stations over the past two weeks in Sunshine Coast Council elections.

State-wide, more than half-a-million people have applied for a postal vote which have to be received by April 7 by the ECQ to be included in the count.

By the numbers, there may be as few as one-third of those eligible to vote who have still to do so.

ECQ said it had taken advice from the Chief Health Officer and put additional safety measures in place to allow the vote to go ahead.

The ECQ has also posted two videos on its website, meant to reassure voters that it will be safe to vote on Saturday.

Counting of early and election day votes will begin immediately polling places shut at 6pm and will continue through Sunday to ensure results are obtained as quickly as possible.

Local government across the state will be required to fill a vital role as the next stage of the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds.

Voting is compulsory.