The busiest booth in the Gladstone area all day was at Clinton State School. Picture: Rodney Stevens
The busiest booth in the Gladstone area all day was at Clinton State School. Picture: Rodney Stevens

17,510 vote early in the race for the seat of Gladstone

A CONSTANT trickle of constituents cast their ballots at booths in the Gladstone electorate on the official polling day after more than 60 per-cent people chose to vote early in the 2020 Queensland Election.

Incumbent Labor Member Glenn Butcher was joined by four candidates in the race to see who will represent the Gladstone electorate in Brisbane for the next four years.

 

Chloe Petersen and Mitchel Hogg arrive to cast their votes at the Clinton State School booth. Picture: Rodney Stevens
Chloe Petersen and Mitchel Hogg arrive to cast their votes at the Clinton State School booth. Picture: Rodney Stevens

 

LNP candidate Ron Harding, One Nation's Kevin Jorgensen, independent Murray Peterson and Emma Eastaughffe of The Greens.

The Gladstone electorate was formed after the seat of Port Curtis was reconfigured for the 1992 election.

 

Constituents lining up to cross the road and vote at the Clinton State School booth. Picture: Rodney Stevens
Constituents lining up to cross the road and vote at the Clinton State School booth. Picture: Rodney Stevens

 

Over the past 28 years, independent Liz Cunningham held the seat for 20 years and Labor for eight, including the past five years with Glenn Butcher.

Early voting booths at Gladstone and Boyne Island were open from Monday, October 19 until yesterday, seeing a consistent stream of traffic as people took advantage of the flexibility afforded, primarily due to COVID.

 

Cathryn Hoare arrives to cast her vote at the Clinton State School polling booth. Picture: Rodney Stevens
Cathryn Hoare arrives to cast her vote at the Clinton State School polling booth. Picture: Rodney Stevens

 

Electoral Commission of Queensland Gladstone electorate returning officer Mark Larney said more than 17,500 early votes were lodged and 2000 postal votes.

"When early voting closed we had collected 14,260 votes from Gladstone and 3250 from Boyne Island," he said.

 

Rosemary, Colin and Samuel Thomsen all voted at Clinton State School. Picture: Rodney Stevens
Rosemary, Colin and Samuel Thomsen all voted at Clinton State School. Picture: Rodney Stevens

 

"The booths are reporting it has been steady today, without being overly busy.

"We'll probably take about 8000 votes today."

Mr Larney said Clinton is traditionally the biggest booth, collecting more than 1000 votes, followed by South Gladstone with more than 700.

 

Scotty Mossman after casting his vote at the Clinton State School booth. Picture: Rodney Stevens
Scotty Mossman after casting his vote at the Clinton State School booth. Picture: Rodney Stevens

 

He said the result should be declared by 9pm.

"You'll have all the figures on the website fairly early I would think," Mr Larney said.

"All bar the 2000 postal votes will be counted tonight.

 

Volunteers at the Gladstone West State School booth. Picture: Rodney Stevens
Volunteers at the Gladstone West State School booth. Picture: Rodney Stevens

 

"So we should have a fairly good indication of who has won tonight.

"Hopefully by 9pm all the first preference votes will be on the website."

 

One Nation and LNP volunteers handing out how-to-vote cards at the South Gladstone State School booth. Picture: Rodney Stevens
One Nation and LNP volunteers handing out how-to-vote cards at the South Gladstone State School booth. Picture: Rodney Stevens

 

The Gladstone Observer visited most of the booths in the Gladstone area and saw a small number of people arrive to cast their votes.

 

Melissa Bryan of Gladstone after casting her vote at South Gladstone State School. Picture: Rodney Stevens
Melissa Bryan of Gladstone after casting her vote at South Gladstone State School. Picture: Rodney Stevens

 

Melissa Bryan of Gladstone said she didn't believe a lot of people knew what they were voting for.

"Queensland needs to get its s..t together and start doing stuff for the people, not their own political gain," she said.

 

A lone voter entering the Chanel College polling booth. Picture: Rodney Stevens
A lone voter entering the Chanel College polling booth. Picture: Rodney Stevens

 

 

 

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