Half of Qld vote before election day

Michael Doyle

Almost half of Queensland's voters have cast their ballot before election day for the state's 77 local governments.

About 45 per cent of voters have either cast their ballot early or applied for a postal vote as of Wednesday night.

More than 120,000 voter took advantage of extended voting hours on Wednesday.

The hours were extended in an effort to encourage early voting, to limit the amount of people voting on Saturday amid the coronavirus outbreak.

All 77 local governments will be decided on Saturday, as well as the state government seats of Bundamba and Currumbin.

Outside of Queensland, election observers will have their eye on four council's in south east Queensland.

The local government area of Brisbane is the largest in the country, with the battle for Lord Mayor being hotly contested.

LNP incumbent Adrian Schrinner is aiming to hold off the challenge of Labor candidate and former journalist, Patrick Condron.

The councils of Ipswich and Logan will draw the focus of Queenslanders after a turbulent four years.

Both council's had their mayor's face charges from the Crime and Corruption Commission, with former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale being jailed for extortion.

Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate is hoping to be re-elected.

An investigation by the CCC found Cr Tate may have committed misconduct and referred him to the Office of the Independent Assessor.

Ballot boxes will open at 8am on Saturday with polls closing at 6pm.