Queensland local elections: by the numbers

Procedures are in place to ensure voting in Saturday's Queensland elections is quick and safe.
Procedures are in place to ensure voting in Saturday's Queensland elections is quick and safe.

Queenslanders head to the polling booth on Saturday March 28 to decide their mayor and councillors.

Amid a backdrop of the coronavirus crisis, many will have cast their vote before election day.

QUEENSLAND'S COUNCIL ELECTIONS BY THE NUMBERS:

* There are more than 3.2 million Queenslanders voting in 77 council areas. By-elections are also being held in the state seats of Currumbin and Bundamba

* The Electoral Commission of Queensland has revised procedures to make sure voters can participate quickly and safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic

* Hand sanitiser will be readily available at the 1100 polling stations around the state which open at 8am on Saturday. Voters will be issued with pencils but can also bring their own

* Tables and other surfaces will be wiped down regularly, booths and screens positioned to maintain 1.5m of separation and only 100 people allowed inside at a time

* Almost 130 early voting centres have been open since March 16, with more than 870,000 votes cast as of Wednesday night

* An unprecedented 570,000 postal voting applications were lodged while 26,000 people registered to vote by phone.

Source: Electoral Commission of Queensland

Australian Associated Press