The Australian Electoral Commission is encouraging all voters in the federal electoral division of Groom (residents of Toowoomba and surrounds) to plan how they will cast their vote in the 28 November 2020 Groom by-election.
The Acting Australian Electoral Officer for Queensland, Adrian McCabe, said that differing COVID-19 circumstances meant it was more important than ever to consider the range of in-person and postal voting options available.
“When it comes to choosing your method of voting, carefully consider your personal circumstances and seek information from the AEC website as early as possible,” Mr McCabe said.
While applications for postal votes can be lodged with the AEC until 6pm AEST on Wednesday 25 November, Mr McCabe emphasised it was crucial to apply early.
“If you need a postal vote, please don’t leave it to the last minute,” Mr McCabe said.
“For some locations, an application left until the last minute creates the risk that the AEC simply can’t get ballot papers to you, despite our best efforts.”
The early voting period starts on Wednesday 11 November.
Four early voting centres will be available in the electoral division of Groom, with locations and opening dates/times available.
By-election day is Saturday 28 November. There will be 50 polling places available on the day, and these locations are listed on the AEC website.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AEC has introduced a range of safety measures for by-election voting venues to conform to the advice of health authorities.
An outline of Groom by-election COVID-19 safety measures is available.