Early voting opening hours extended in lead up to March 28.
Early voting opening hours extended in lead up to March 28. David Nielsen

Pre-poll hours extended as Qld faces potential new ban

AS FEARS around the coronavirus continue, the Electoral Commission of Queensland has extended its opening hours for local government pre-polling booths.

Those wishing to vote before March 28 will now be able to attend early votings at many locations later on Wednesdays and Thursdays, as well as at some locations on Saturday March 21.

Find which polling booths have extended hours in your area by entering your address here.

Australia could face tighter mass-gathering restrictions as the National Cabinet plan to meet today to discuss limiting the current ban to no more than 100 people from gathering inside.

The ECQ received about 73,900 early votes as doors closed on the first day of pre-polling on Monday, as well as 487,000 postal vote applications by 5pm.

Postal vote applications have now closed.