Qld poll result could be weeks away as counting continues

TIGHT voting in seats across Queensland could see counting in the state election continue well into the first week of December 5.

An Electoral Commission Queensland spokesperson said postal votes had until a 5pm deadline on December 5 to arrive and be considered eligible to be counted.

Preference allocation began across the 93 electorates yesterday with the primary vote count completed Saturday night and the counting of postal and special votes on Sunday.

Candidates and their campaign volunteers reported voters had begun shunning How To Vote cards from all candidates by the Wedneday before Saturday's poll.

Former Noosa and Sunshine Coast mayor Bob Abbott who was supporting independent Sandy Bolton said voters had gone from two in five taking cards to one in 10.

"It's just been an incredible change," he said.

Labor candidates Brent Hampstead and Jason Hunt confirmed the disinterest was also obvious across Glass House and Caloundra polling places.

LNP Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle said it was increasingly difficult to read what the outcome may be with a lot of voters not taking any card and others taking the lot.

"It's hard to speculate," he said. It's very hard to call."

In Maroochydore One Nation's Cam Young said 80% of voters were walking straight through without taking a card from anyone.


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