ELECTION 2016: Vote counting underway
THE Whitsunday Times has been granted behind-the-scene access to the vote counting procedure at the Whitsunday Christian College polling booth.
As final voter left the Division 2 polling booth a calm descended on the hall after a long and manic day.
Employees of the Electoral Commission Queensland locked the doors and packed away the computers before the scrutineers entered the room and the buzz started again.
Donning their canary yellow netball-style bibs they took up their places around the ballot counting table and observed as zip ties were cut from ballot boxes and the laborious task of counting ballots began.
As the stacks of mayoral ballots grew there was a real sense of being part of the democratic process.
One scrutineer at the Whitsunday Christian College polling booth was James Collins.
"It's the first time I have been given an opportunity to do something in the political process," he said.
"I have been outside the political process all my life and taken an interest... it's good to be in here and see how it's done."
"To see that it is done as correctly as possible."
Mr Collins said he understood at a previous election there had been dishonest counting of votes.
"People were not pulled into line."
He was there to make sure that didn't happen at the Christian College polling booth.
ECQ employee in charge of the count, Anton Yuskan said he expected votes to be all counted by 9.30pm but official election results would not be released until 10 days after polling day to allow for postal votes to be counted.
Voting is well underway in the 2016 local government elections.
Voters flooded polling stations all over the Whitsundays this morning to have their say in who will represent them for the coming term.
Division 2 candidate Tanya Bandow said yesterday saw more than 430 people cast their votes the pre-poll polling booth at the Whitsunday Shopping Centre.
She said many were choosing to poll early to free up their Saturday.
At the Whitsunday Christian College in Division 2 Anita Edgar was handing out watermelon to everyone and a steady procession of voters with their pets and kids made their way through the gauntlet of candidate supporters to cast their vote.
Polls are open until 6pm this evening.
Information on where you can vote is entered below.
- Division 1: Airlie Beach Police Citizens Youth Club, Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach.
- Division 2: Whitsunday Christian College, 26 Paluma Road.
- Division 3: Conway Beach Penhallurick Residence, 1 Penhallurick Esplanade,
Conway Beach, Father Tom Guard Hall, St Catherine's Catholic College, 90
Renwick Road, Proserpine and Proserpine Hospital in Taylor Street.
- Division 4: Collinsville LG Community Centre and Dingo Beach Community Centre.
- Division 5: Bowen PCYC, Cnr Hay Street and Queens Road and Bowen Hospital Hospital, 61-65 Gregory Street.
- Division 6: Bowen PCYC, Cnr Hay Street and Queens Road, Gumlu State School, De Salis Street, Merinda Merinda State School, Bergl Street and Queens Beach Queens Beach State School.
For more information visit the Electoral Commission's site: ecq.qld.gov.au.