Residents urged to vote early
HEAD-SCRATCHING is likely to be one of the most popular activities in the Southern Downs region in the coming days, with council ballot papers being sent out this week.
Voters across the council region have been reminded to fill out their postal ballot papers by election day, April 28, to have their say on who will lead us through the next four years.
State Electoral Commissioner David Kerslake said 30 out of the 73 councils in Queensland - including Southern Downs and Toowoomba - had opted for a full postal ballot, as opposed to attendance at polling booths.
"Electors in postal voting areas do not have to wait until election day to fill out their ballot paper. They can do so and return it any time from now on," Mr Kerslake said.
"Election day is the latest you are permitted to fill out your ballot paper, but the earlier you return it to us, the more votes we will be able to count on election night.".
Voters are reminded that they need to fill out both a mayoral and a councillor ballot paper, and that both ballots are "first past the post".
The mayoral vote involves marking the square of your chosen candidate with a "1", while the councillor ballot involves numbering your eight choices from one through to eight, but is not preferential.
At the close of the electoral roll for the Southern Downs Regional Council area there were 23,752 enrolled voters, 11,333 of whom are male and 12,419.
Information and assistance with voting is also available through the Electoral Commission's election helpline 1300 881 665.