New Queensland laws mean you must bring proof of identity with you when you vote.
New Queensland laws mean you must bring proof of identity with you when you vote. Cathy Adams

Bring proof of identity with you when you vote

ELECTORAL Commission Queensland is reminding voters that they need to bring some proof of identity when they vote in the Queensland state election on Saturday January 31.

This will be the first major election since legislation was introduced last year which requires all Queensland voters to produce a proof of identity document in order to cast an ordinary vote at pre-poll, or on polling day.

The legislation was tested at the 2014 Stafford by-election where over 99% of voters came to the polling booth with their ID.

Electoral Commissioner Walter van der Merwe said voters without valid proof of identity could still vote but would be required to complete a declaration vote.

"I will not turn anyone away," Mr van der Merwe said.

This week every elector will be sent a voter information letter in the mail.

The voter information letter is also a form of acceptable identification and the Commission encourages all voters to bring their letter with them when they go to vote.

Other acceptable proof of identity documents include:

•              a drivers licence or proof of age card;

•              passport;

•              Medicare or health care card;

•              utility bill (such as a rates notice or phone bill); and

•              bank statement or credit card.

A full list of the acceptable proof of identity documents can be found, (along with other voter information), at the Commission's website.

Postal / electoral visit applications are open until 7pm January 28.

Pre-poll in person voting opens at 9am Monday, January 19 and closes at 6pm, Friday January 30.

On the day of the election (Saturday, January 31) polling booths are open from 8am to 6pm.

Postal votes must be returned by Tuesday, February 10.

Voting is compulsory for all Queensland electors.


Tinkering on family farm to one of Holden's top engineers

Tinkering on family farm to one of Holden's top engineers

Mrs Pollock does a lot of work with school students.

Steffens recognised for his tireless efforts

Steffens recognised for his tireless efforts

Community volunteers awarded

Pocket rocket makes a big impression in the states

Pocket rocket makes a big impression in the states

She is no stranger to riding against much older competitors.

Local Partners