GLADSTONE ELECTION: What you can expect at polls

THERE are three things voters can be sure of on election day; waiting in line, being bombarded with how to vote cards and a sausage sizzle.

When you do head to the polls be prepared to fill out three ballot papers; one to select the eight councillors you would like to see elected, one for the mayoral candidates and a third paper on the State Government referendum.

On the councillors ballot paper you must put a mark next to eight names for your vote to count; numbering them is a good way to keep track but ultimately the order doesn't matter.

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>> YOUR GUIDE to councillor, mayor candidates for 2016 election

On the mayoral ballot paper you have two choices; put only a '1' next to the candidate of your choice, or number the candidates in order of your preference.

For the State Referendum voters are being asked to decide whether or not Queensland governments should continue serving three year terms, or be given four year terms.

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