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By-election called for Whitsunday locals

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Locals are set to head back to the polls as a Whitsunday Regional Council by-election is called. 
 
The election will be held on 13 August to elect a new Mayor for the region. 
 
The Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) confirmed the date and Commissioner Pat Vidgen says there were a number of ways people could vote.
 
“Don’t worry if you can’t make it on polling day, we have several options available including telephone voting for people who meet the eligibility criteria, like those who have tested positive to COVID-19 and anyone interstate or overseas,” Mr Vidgen says.
 
“There will also be two weeks of early voting and postal voting and both of those options are open to everyone.
 
“We know there are more than 23,600 registered voters in the Whitsunday region and we want to make voting as quick and easy as possible for every one of them.”
 
The by-election officially began on Friday, signalling the start of the nomination period for anyone wanting to run as mayor.
 
Postal vote applications also opened on Friday and close 7pm on 1 August 2022.
 
Early voting starts at 9am on 1 August 2022 and finishes at 6pm on 12 August 2022 at three early voting centres in Bowen, Cannonvale and Proserpine.
 
On election day there will be five polling booths in Cannonvale Beach, Proserpine, Collinsville, Bowen and Hamilton Island.
 
Mr Vidgen reminded people in the Whitsunday region voting is compulsory and failure to vote fines increased to $143.75 from 1 July 2022.
 
Further details about the Whitsunday by-election will be available on ECQ’s website after the notice of election is issued.
 
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