CONFIDENT: Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher greets voters at Chanel College.
CONFIDENT: Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher greets voters at Chanel College. Andrew Thorpe

ELECTION DAY: Gladstone, Callide and Burnett decide

** Click here for our live blog of the results as they come in **

 

6PM: THE polls have closed! Check back soon for results - we'll have them to you as soon as they begin to come in.

5.46PM: VOTERS in Miriam Vale say they have been snubbed, with no one able to recall a single visit to the small town by any of the Burnett candidates.

"We're only a small town, but we're still voters," one person told The Observer.

"It would have been nice to see some effort."

Read the full story here.

 

Mother and daughter team Sue and Kim Turner volunteered to hand out how-to-vote cards on election day for the LNP in Miriam Vale.
Mother and daughter team Sue and Kim Turner volunteered to hand out how-to-vote cards on election day for the LNP in Miriam Vale. Julia Bartrim

 

5.36PM: AS election day begins to wind down, the last remaining Gladstone voters are making their way to the polls.

Kin Kora State School, one of the busiest polling places of 2015, is missing the crowds seen at previous elections - but a steady flow of people have been making their way through the doors this afternoon to sneak in before the 6pm deadline.

Volunteers point to the high rate of pre-polling to explain the lack of turnout.

The Observer's exit poll of the Kin Kora booth reflects the results coming in from elsewhere around Gladstone.

Of the 15 people polled, seven said they had voted for ALP incumbent Glenn Butcher.

Three had voted for One Nation's Amy Lohse, while the Greens and the LNP scored one vote each. Three people chose to give no response.

Late voter Tina Stenner said she had been avoiding the polling booth all day but now it was time to bite the bullet.

"(We) made it as late as possible so there weren't so many people here," she said.

"I'm not into politics."

 

LATE VOTERS: Wayne Butcher (left) woos Tony and Tina Stenner while One Nation volunteer Shane Rutherford waits for his shot.
LATE VOTERS: Wayne Butcher (left) woos Tony and Tina Stenner while One Nation volunteer Shane Rutherford waits for his shot. Andrew Thorpe

4:33PM: A NUMBER of Gladstone voters have told The Observer they voted for Pauline Hanson - despite the One Nation firebrand not being part of this election.

Ms Hanson sits as a Queensland Senator in Canberra - part of the Federal Parliament - and can't displace Annastacia Palaszczuk as Premier no matter how many votes One Nation receives today.

Meanwhile, one voter in southern Queensland left a voicemail message for The Queensland Times complaining Ms Hanson had been "left off the list".

Read the full story here.

 

NOT ON THE BALLOT: Senator Pauline Hanson.
NOT ON THE BALLOT: Senator Pauline Hanson. MICK TSIKAS

2.59PM: The Observer's exit poll for the Callide electorate - taken at Calliope State School - has placed Katter's Australian Party candidate Robbie Radel in the lead.

Of the 14 voters surveyed, Mr Radel had earned the vote of four people, narrowly ahead of One Nation's Sharon Lohse and the ALP's Darren Blackwood at three apiece.

The LNP's Colin Boyce and the Greens' Jaiben Baker brought up the rear with one vote each - behind 'Don't Care' which garnered a respectable two votes.

WELCOME IN: An ECQ volunteer at the Calliope State School polling place.
WELCOME IN: An ECQ volunteer at the Calliope State School polling place. Chris Lees

 

2.52PM: LONG-TERM Calliope resident Kathy O'Brien has been voting for 41 years - and has always made sure to bake scones for the people manning the polling stations.

"One year I got a letter from the Electoral Commission thanking me - just the once," she laughed.

"Everyone appreciates it, when they have a break they can go and have a cup of tea and a scone."

Read the full story here.

 

INSPIRING: Kathy O'Brien has been voting for 41 years.
INSPIRING: Kathy O'Brien has been voting for 41 years. Chris Lees

2.24PM: A GLADSTONE family voting at Chanel College this morning have proudly told The Observer they always make sure to capture the moment.

Mainuddin and Shahrin, originally from Bangladesh, posed for a photo with 6-year-old daughter Azra outside the polling booth after casting their ballot.

"We came here from Bangladesh and basically the environment is so good here, we want to remember it," Mainuddin said.

Read the full story here.

 

1.14PM: LNP candidate Chay Conaglen is making his way around polling booths in Gladstone - but he isn't voting today.

The new Gladstone resident voted on the first day of pre-polling.

"Get it over and done with, I thought," he said.

"This morning I've been at the PCYC and also at Gladstone West State School where I got a bit of response from people. There's a fairly consistent flow," he said.

"It's going to be a long day, we're spending this afternoon going to the rest of the booths, we're just spending a little bit of time with everyone."

The first-time candidate said he was feeling relieved it was the last day of the campaign, but at the same time he was "extremely excited".

"It's great to be fighting yet another day for Gladstone," he said.

 

FIGHTING TO THE END: Chay Conaglen with an LNP volunteer at Gladstone Central State School.
FIGHTING TO THE END: Chay Conaglen with an LNP volunteer at Gladstone Central State School. Chris Lees

11:58PM: GLENN Butcher has cast his vote for himself at Chanel College.

The sitting member chose Chanel as it was his "family booth", with both his son and daughter volunteering for the ALP at the quiet location.

A large contingent of Labor volunteers are manning the booth, accompanied only by one One Nation supporter handing out how-to-vote cards.

Mr Butcher spent the morning in regional areas including Ambrose, Mt Larcom and Yarwun, as well as Calliope and Benaraby which are now shared booths with the electorate of Callide.

 

 

"We thought we'd get all the regional ones down first, then we'd spend the rest of the afternoon in and around Gladstone," he said.

"We've had a really good run at the pre-poll, there's been really good engagement with the community down there, very positive with some of the feedback we've been getting. But polling day is polling day, you just never know on the day.

"We're the only team that's putting volunteers at every booth today, which is great, our volunteers are doing a fantastic job."

Mr Butcher said he expected tonight's Labor function at the Wallabys' football field to be a celebration, but he was hoping if he was re-elected as the MP for Gladstone that the ALP was returned to government.

"We've seen the difference that a (government MP) in Gladstone can deliver to this electorate, $260 million has been delivered to this area, so being in government certainly helps," he said.

 

HERE WE GO: Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher casts his vote.
HERE WE GO: Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher casts his vote. Mike Richards GLA251117VOTES

 

11.44AM: VOTERS are flooding in to the Clinton State School polling booth, however Electoral Commission Queensland volunteers say the booth is quieter than it was at the last election.

In 2015, the Clinton booth attracted 3,115 voters, of which 56.85% voted for Glenn Butcher.

Roadworks around the area may have turned voters off making their way to this booth - but there's still plenty of people there and it's getting busier.

 

BUSY BOOTH: Clinton State School.
BUSY BOOTH: Clinton State School. Chris Lees

One Nation candidate Amy Lohse is there handing out How to Vote cards, alongside volunteers from One Nation, Labor and the LNP.

As was the case with Gladstone Central State School, there are no Greens volunteers present.

An exit poll of 14 people voting at the booth showed seven people voted for Labor MP Glenn Butcher, four people for One Nation's Amy Lohse, and two voted for the Greens' Peta Baker. No votes were recorded for Chay Conaglen.

9.39AM: GLENN Butcher's supporters are out in force at polling booths across Gladstone.

At Gladstone Central State School, six ALP volunteers are already on the scene, handing out how-to-vote cards to a trickle of people who have decided to vote early.

As of 9am, there was one volunteer present for One Nation and one for the LNP, while the Greens had no one manning the booth.

One Nation volunteer Janet Saggus said she had volunteered for the party at Gladstone's pre-polling centre before today.

Ms Saggus said she was pleased with the attitude of voters in the campaign so far.

"They're very nice, very pleasant. I haven't met anybody yet that's not," she said.

Members of the Maritime Union of Australia were out in force for the ALP.

"The port of Gladstone is the heart of Gladstone," one member said.

 

OUT IN FORCE: Labor supporters at Gladstone Central State School early this morning.
OUT IN FORCE: Labor supporters at Gladstone Central State School early this morning. Julia Bartrim

8AM: THE POLLS have opened - welcome to The Observer''s rolling coverage of the 2017 election.

Check back here throughout the day to stay informed of what's happening on the ground as voters go to the polls around Gladstone.

Will Glenn Butcher be returned for a second term? Or will he be rolled by an insurgent One Nation - or a first-time candidate from the LNP?

We'll be speaking to the candidates and keeping an eye on what's happening at the polling booths - and we'll bring you the results as soon as they come in.

Don't hesitate to get in touch if you see something you think we need to know about - send us a direct message on Facebook of Twitter, or send us an email at newsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au.

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