IN a sure sign the state election is underway, Gympie residents are about to find election material in their mailboxes this week.
But one piece could actually be beneficial.
LNP Member for Gympie David Gibson sent our more than 18,000 postal vote application forms on Monday to help Gympie residents who may not be in Queensland on March 24.
"I consider it providing a community service for those residents who may be on holidays or away from home, interstate or overseas on election day to have access to a postal vote," Mr Gibson said.
"Also, many elderly residents may prefer a postal vote so they don't have to deal with the crowds on election day.
"I'm encouraging everyone who knows for one reason or another they will be unable to vote on March 24, to apply for a postal vote so that their voice can be heard at this election."
Mr Gibson said Gympie received more than 1500 postal votes in the 2009 state election.
Voting is compulsory for all eligible Queensland residents aged 18 or older.
Election laws say postal votes must be counted if they arrive by Tuesday, April 3, as long as the vote was made and posted before the close of polls on March 24.
"If you don't receive a postal vote application in your letterbox people can always contact my office on 5482 3651 and we will post one out direct," Mr Gibson said
Pre-poll voting will also be available at the Gympie Senior Citizens Centre on Mellor St from Friday, March 2, until 6pm on Friday, March 23, for those residents who may be in town on March 24, but unable to attend a polling booth on the Saturday.