Queenslanders will be able to cast their vote on who will lead the state at more pre-polling booths and over more days ahead of the October election.

“That means more pre-poll locations, longer pre-poll hours and more pre-poll voting days in the two weeks prior to polling day,” Attorney General Yvette D’Ath told parliament on Wednesday.

“It means Queensland will have an election period – not just an election day.”

The Electoral Commission of Queensland will take telephone votes from vulnerable voters and be given the resources to respond to an emergent public health risk, Ms D’Ath added.

“In extreme circumstances, such as a localised outbreak, this could include the ECQ delivering the election to some electorates as a total postal vote,” she said.

A global pandemic was declared by the World Health Organisation five days before pre-polling for the state’s local government and Bundamba and Currumbin by-elections in March.

One million people voted in the pre-poll period and another one million turned out to booths on election day, despite medical experts saying doing so risked spreading coronavirus.


Ms D’Ath said there were no cases of COVID-19 linked to the election and said the commission had since been contacted by officials in New Zealand, Canada and across Australia to share details of the election was managed.

The premier ordered a review after a technical issue with the data feed from polling booths delayed the publication of preliminary results on election day.