Queensland State Election To Trial Drive-Through Voting

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For the first time ever, a number of Queenslanders will be able to vote in the forthcoming state election using a drive-through polling booth, all thanks to a new trial from the Queensland Electoral Commission.

Assistant electoral commissioner Dermot Tiernan says residents from the Oodgeroo and Noosa electorates will be able to use the drive-through booths, which have been created to help voters with any kind of mobility issues, the Brisbane Times reports.

"What we thought we'd do is trial a couple of drive through places where we actually come to you and we're waiting to come to you," he said. 

With the trial to be set up at the Old Tewantin TAFE campus and the Clevland Baptist church, Mr Tiernan said “there’s a lot of excitement” surrounding the initiative.

“We’re getting a lot of calls at the call centre about it, and a lot of the elderly groups are quite interested in it," he said.

To tie in with the election, the commission has also created a Queensland voting guide in 27 languages, and an e-assist kiosk at Coorparoo for vision-impaired or blind voters.

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