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Ask a Reporter: Will there be democracy sausages in the age of COVID?

This Queensland election campaign, Brisbane Times is not only reporting on the news of the day, we’re also asking questions on your behalf. Directly.

Is there something you need to know to help you decide how to vote on October 31? Is there an issue you believe has been ignored?

The Queensland election campaign begins today ahead of the October 31 polling day.

The Queensland election campaign begins today ahead of the October 31 polling day.Credit:Brisbane Times

Simply fill in the form to submit your questions and we’ll direct them to who we believe can best give an answer.

We’re going to try to keep the political spin to a minimum in this space, at least as much as it can be avoided in the heat of an election.

Please note that we may not be able to get answers to all of your questions.

Scott asks: Will there be democracy sausages at polling booth locations this election? If not I will put in a postal vote.

An Electoral Commission of Queensland spokeswoman answers: The decision about selling of democracy sausages will be made closer to election day in partnership with the Chief Health Officer. Postal vote applications close on Friday 16 October.

Ed Annand, Holly High and baby Gadsby Annand enjoying their democracy sausages at The Gap State School after voting in last year's federal election.

Ed Annand, Holly High and baby Gadsby Annand enjoying their democracy sausages at The Gap State School after voting in last year’s federal election.Credit:Renee Melides

Pauline Peel asks: What is the deadline for people putting their name forward to be a candidate in the 2020 election? I notice that as yet there doesn’t appear to be an LNP candidate for Miller.

Cameron Atfield, Brisbane Times PM editor: Thanks for the questions, Pauline. For this one, we’ve gone to the Electoral Commission of Queensland for the first part of the answer, and the Liberal National Party for the second.

An ECQ spokeswoman answers: Candidate nominations open tomorrow, Wednesday 7 October, a day after the issue of the writ. They close on Sunday 11 October at noon. Following this will be the ballot paper order draw and then ballot papers can be printed. Anyone interested in nominating as a candidate, should go to the Election participants tab on the ECQ’s website. It’s important to note there are recent legislative changes including:

  1. the requirement for a dedicated campaign bank account for the election
  2. new processes for candidates endorsed by political parties
  3. caps on electoral expenditure that can be incurred during the capped expenditure period for the election
  4. gifts and loans must be disclosed within 24 hours in the last week before election
  5. increased record keeping obligations
  6. disclosure of expenditure in election summary returns is separate to a claim for election funding (both must be completed)
  7. restrictions on the display of election signage at polling places.

An LNP spokesman answers, regarding the candidate for Miller: Not yet…

This Queensland election campaign, Brisbane Times is not only reporting on the news of the day, we’re also asking questions on your behalf. Directly.

Is there something you need to know to help you decide how to vote on October 31? Is there an issue you believe has been ignored?

The Queensland election campaign begins today ahead of the October 31 polling day.

The Queensland election campaign begins today ahead of the October 31 polling day.Credit:Brisbane Times

Simply fill in the form to submit your questions and we’ll direct them to who we believe can best give an answer.

We’re going to try to keep the political spin to a minimum in this space, at least as much as it can be avoided in the heat of an election.

Please note that we may not be able to get answers to all of your questions.

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