Queenslanders rushing to vote

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    Queensland election 2015: One in five votes likely to be cast ahead of polling day

    Posted about 2 hours agoFri 30 Jan 2015, 7:18pm

    Map: QLD
    Nearly one in five Queenslanders is expected to have already voted by the time polling booths open in Saturday's state election.
    The Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ) said more than 200,000 people, or 20 per cent of eligible voters, had already cast their ballot.
    However Yvette Zischke from the ECQ said the early voting would likely have no impact on the time counters took to get a result in the majority of seats.
    "About 80 per cent of electors will cast their vote at a polling booth on Saturday, and for some electorates that may give a clear indication for the forerunner for that seat," she said.
    For those attending polling booths tomorrow, ECQ has reminded voters about new proof of identification laws.
    Voters will need to bring a form of identification such as a driver's licence or Medicare card when casting their vote at polling booths across the state.
    However, Ms Zischke said people could still cast a vote if they did not have identification.
    "If electors do turn up to a polling booth and they don't any form of acceptable identification, they are still able to cast a vote, nobody will turned away," she said.
    "They'll need to fill out a bit more paperwork."
    On the local news Cairns booth workers said they had never seen so many people turn up to cast prepoll votes.
    Lots of interest in this election it seems.
    Dave R.
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