2020 SUNSHINE COAST




 COUNCIL ELECTIONS



Saturday March 28, 2020


Click on the Division image below to take you to that specific page.

Keep up to date with all the candidates and news covering Division 1, Division 5 and the Mayoralty.

(note - Divisional boundaries changed in 2019, so you may not be in the same Division as you were last election)


DIVISION 1

 

DIVISION 5

   


Don't know what Division you're in?

To check if you are enrolled and where you are enrolled (Federal and State electorates and Council division), you will need to go to the Australian Electoral Commission website - chick HERE - and enter your name and address details.


If you just want to ckeck what Council division you live in, go to the Electoral Commission Queensland's 'find my electorate webpage - click HERE - then enter your address.


To keep up with what the candidates say and do, make sure you read the Glasshouse Country & Maleny News each week during the election campaign.

You can also keep up to date by following our facebook page.


How to vote ... when to vote ... where to vote

At this election (March 28, 2020), you’ll have the option to vote for one, some or all the candidates in your Division and for the Mayoralty – this is called ‘optional preferential voting’ (OPV).

OPV requires an elector to mark the ballot paper to indicate their preference. Electors can choose to “vote for one, vote for some, or vote for all” candidates on the ballot paper.

Your preference order won't be automatically allocated; only you can decide where your preferences go. If the candidates you vote for are eliminated from the count, your vote will be exhausted.



Vote for one - vote for only one candidate by placing a one (1), tick or cross in the square opposite the name of your preferred candidate.
      Vote for some / vote for all - vote for some or all by placing a one (1) in the box of your preferred candidate. You can then number some or all of remaining boxes in order of your preference according to the instructions on the ballot paper.
 


 

There will be instructions at the polling booth and on the ballot paper itself. Make sure you read them and understand what you have to do. If you have any questions, you can always just ask one of the Electoral Commission Queensland staff inside the polling station.

If a ballot paper is not completed correctly it is called an informal vote. An informal vote is unable to be counted and does not contribute towards determining the election result.

Some reasons a ballot paper is informal are because: it is blank or unmarked; ticks or crosses have been used when numbering in order of preferences is required; the required number of boxes have not been marked; or it has writing on it which identifies the elector.

And don’t write comments on the ballot paper. You might think them witty, poignant or cutting, but no one really cares. The vote counters just count the votes, they don’t take notice of the comments and they aren’t seen by anyone who you might be directing the comments at.


There are three main ways you can vote.

1. Pre-poll voting is where you cast your ballot before the election day at one of the pre-polling stations. The locations of these pre-polling stations are listed below.

Pre-polling commences on March 16.

Pre-polling locations:

Beerwah - Shop 1, 60 Simpson Street

Maleny - Maleny Community Centre,23 Maple Street

Caloundra - Caloundra Community Centre, 58A Queen Street

Nambour - 81-87 Currie Street

Maroochydore - 64-70 Aerodrome Road,

Buderim - Uniting Church Hall 2-10 Gloucester Road

Birtinya - Shop 6B, Home Central Kawana, 566 Kawana Way

Coolum - Coolum Peregian RSL Sub Branch, 1906 David Low Way

The pre-polling centres are open: March 16-20, 9am to 5pm; and March 23-27, 9am - 6pm.


2. Postal voting is where you apply to the Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) and are send a voting ballot which you fill out and post back to them. This can be organised via the ECQ website - either download and fill out the form (click HERE), by making an on-line application (click HERE) or by calling them on 1300 881 665. Applications for postal votes close March 16.


3. On the day voting, March 28 - Election Day – and fill out the ballot paper at a polling booth. Polling booth locations for Division 1 and Division 5 are listed below.


DIVISION 1 POLLING BOOTH LOCATIONS
BEERBURRUM - School of Arts Hall, 7 Anzac Avenue
BEERWAH - Beerwah Community & District Hall, 25 Peachester Road
CALOUNDRA WEST - Unity College, 47 Lomond Crescent
GLASS HOUSE - Glass House Mountains State School Hall, 58 Coonwoorin Road
LANDSBOROUGH - Landsborough State School, 41 Gympie Street North
MERIDAN PLAINS - Meridan State College - Senior Learning Precinct, 214 Parklands Boulevard
PEACHESTER - Peachester Community Hall, 958 Peachester Road

DIVISION 5 POLLING BOOTH LOCATIONS
CONONDALE - Conondale State School, 1700 Maleny-Kenilworth Road
EUDLO - Eudlo State School, Cnr Rosebed Street & Highlands Road
GLENVIEW - Glenview State School, 6 Leeding Road
LANDSBOROUGH - Landsborough State School, 41 Gympie Street North
MALENY - Maleny State High School, 50 Bunya Street
MONTVILLE - St Mary's Hall, 1 Memorial Close
MOOLOOLAH - Mooloolah State School, 48 King Road
PALMWOODS - Palmwoods State School, 111 Palmwoods-Montville Road
WITTA - Old Witta School Community Centre, 316 Witta Road
WOOMBYE - Woombye State School, 95 Pine Grove Road 

This way of voting lets you also maybe buy a sausage sandwich from a P&C or a cake from the CWA stall ... not a bad day all-round.


To ensure that all electors have an equal opportunity to vote and are not disadvantaged because of personal circumstance, disability or language, the ECQ can help. Just call them on 1300 881 665.


IMPORTANT DATES

22 February
  Notice of Election The ECQ proposes to publish the Notice of Election on Saturday, 22 February 2020.  The caretaker period for all councils will start upon publication of the notice on the ECQ’s website.
22 February to 3 March
  Candidate nominations Nominations for candidates for election as mayors and councillors will be open from the publication of the Notice of Election on 22 February, until midday on Tuesday, 3 March 2020.  Details of candidates will be published on the ECQ’s website. New requirements apply for candidates, political parties, third party campaigners and political donors for the 2020 local government elections.  For more information, see the ECQ website.
28 February
  Close of electoral roll Electors have until 5pm, 28th February 2020 to either update their enrolment to a new name or address or to enrol for the first time. This will ensure their eligibility to vote in this election.
4 March
  Ballot paper draw The ECQ will conduct a random draw to determine the order in which candidates appear on ballot papers on Wednesday, 4 March 2020.
4 March to 19 March
  How-to-vote card review The ECQ must accept all how-to-vote cards before they can be distributed to voters during local government elections. The ECQ will review candidates’ how-to-vote cards from Wednesday, 4 March to Thursday, 19 March 2020.  How-to-vote cards accepted by the ECQ will be available on the ECQ’s website.
16 March
 
Postal Vote applications close Postal vote applications close at 7pm Monday, 16 March 2020. Voting must be completed by 6pm on Election Day. The ECQ must receive your postal vote no later than 5pm Tuesday, 7 April 2020.
Please note that ECQ are unable to send postal votes until after the ballot paper draw on Wednesday, 4 March 2020.
From 16 March
 

Early voting commences Early voting will be conducted between 16 March and Friday, 27 March 2020. The timeframes for early voting will vary in different locations, and detailed information about early voting times and locatons will be published here prior to the election.

28 March
  Election day Election day is on Saturday, 28 March 2020, and polling booths will be open from 8.00am to 6.00pm.
29 March   Counting and declaration of results The day after election day, the ECQ will start the official vote count and publish results on the ECQ website. The official count process can take up to 10 days for postal votes to be returned. Election results for individual councils will be declared progressively. For more information on how the votes are counted, see the ECQ website.
13 July
  Election summary returns due Candidates, groups of candidates, registered political parties and associated entities must give the ECQ an election summary return detailing gifts or loans received and electoral expenditure incurred during the election disclosure period. This return must be lodged within 15 weeks of election day which, for the 2020 local government elections, will be Monday, 13 July 2020. For more information about disclosure obligations, please see the ECQ website.





Read more about the election every week in your local weekly newspaper - the Glasshouse Country & Maleny News.

 
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