These rolls record information regarding persons entitled to vote in State and Federal elections, as well as referenda. Each voter is identified by a unique number on the roll of each electoral district.
Details given for each entry in the rolls include: number, surname, first names, address, occupation, date on which enrolled in the electorate, and sex.
State Electoral Office staff have annotated the rolls by hand where appropriate to provide additional information. Annotations can record both additions and deletions including new entries, objections, deaths, and name of electorate to which an elector has moved. After 1971, the electoral rolls continue to record deletions but not new entries. From 1971 there is a separate series of computer transaction reports which record both additions and deletions.
NOTE: after 1989 no annotations are recorded on the hard copy.
Until 1975 rolls for all electorates in Queensland were issued annually. These rolls are arranged alphabetically by electorate within each year. In the roll for each electorate, entries are arranged alphabetically by name of elector. After 1975, electoral rolls were issued periodically as required, for example, prior to elections, rather than annually.
On 1 Jan 1992 a Joint Roll Arrangement between the Governor General of Australia and the Governor of Queensland came into effect and from this date all state electoral rolls are generated by the Australian Electoral Commission (Commonwealth). The electoral rolls compiled for the Daylight Savings Referendum were the last produced by the State Electoral Office.