Concerned that flooding may prevent rural and remote voters from getting their postal votes in on time, the Member for Mount Isa, Rob Katter, has called for a polling booth in Burketown and another in Gregory.
Mr Katter has approached the Queensland Electoral Commissioner and is hopeful extra polling booths will be installed.
“Burketown is in flood at the moment, and they haven’t had mail for two weeks which is a concern.
“Even those automatically receiving postal votes may have difficulty getting them in on time,” he said.
The deadline for application for postal votes is Wednesday 28 January and postal votes must be in by Saturday 31 January, 6pm.
“That time frame is not really relevant for rural and remote voters where there is flooding; those voters don’t have the confidence their postal votes will be in on time,” Mr Katter said.
Burketown used to have a polling booth, and Mr Katter said either the school or the community hall would serve as a suitable venue.
“For both the Burketown and Gregory communities, having a polling booth would be a big boost; they would turn Election Day into a community event and it would bring the whole community together after what has been a very tough year.”