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Elections

The 2024 local government elections will include elections for mayors and councillors in each of Queensland’s 77 councils. Election day will be on Saturday, 16 March 2024.

The 2024 Local Government Elections Service Plan outlines the electoral services that will be provided at the election.

The Longreach Regional Council election will be conducted by full postal ballot; there will be no polling stations on election day.  Once you recieve your postal ballot you are free to submit it prior to polling day. 

 
To have your say, ensure your details are up to date with the Queensland Electoral Commission. All residents of the Longreach Regional Council area aged 18 or over can vote. Voting in this election is compulsory.
 
Prior to nomination for Council, candidates will need to complete a course that will detail the rights and responsibilities of candidates and elected councillors.
 

Information for voters

If you are eligible to vote in the 2024 local government elections, there are a few things you can do now to ensure you’re ready. These include:

Election Signage Regulations

Election posters can be displayed on private property with the permission of the property owner or tenant.
 

The person(s) wishing to place signage in Council controlled areas must obtain written approval from the Chief Executive Officer or delegate prior to any signs being erected. 

Key Dates – 2024 Quadrennial Local Government Election

The ECQ proposes to publish the Notice of Election on Monday 29 January 2024. This will also represent the start of the caretaker period

Electors have until 5pm, Monday 5 February 2024 to either update their enrolment to a new name or address or to enrol for the first time. This will ensure their eligibility to vote in this election.

Nominations for candidates for the election will be open from the publication of the Notice of Election on 29 January 2024, until midday on Tuesday, 13 February 2024.  Details of candidates will be published on the ECQ’s website.

The ECQ will conduct a random draw to determine the order in which candidates appear on ballot papers on Wednesday, 14 February 2024. 

On polling day, ECQ will complete an inital count of the postal votes, however, Tuesday 26 March 2024 will be the last day for return of Postal Votes.