Labor candidate Patrick Deegan casts his vote at the Casino Community Centre.
Labor candidate Patrick Deegan casts his vote at the Casino Community Centre. Aisling Brennan

Early votes at record high as election day arrives

ELECTION day has come, but one might be forgiven for struggling to find the voters.

After a three week period in which over 8000 people voted at the Grafton early voting centre, it was clear to volunteers there were significantly less people voting on election day.

Seasoned Greens volunteer, Theo Jongen, said the jump in pre-poll numbers had not only affected the numbers but the also the mood.

"The buzz is missing, it's just a trickle," he said.

"I still have my first bundle of pamphlets, usually you have gone through half a box already."

It was a boom year for pre-poll voting in Page, with 43 176 votes cast at one of the six AEC early voting centres across the electorate.

This indicates almost half of the electorate decided to vote early.

Despite that, there are still plenty of votes to be cast and candidates from the two major parties were out and about chasing every last vote.

Patrick Deegan cast his vote in his home town of Casino and said had really enjoyed the campaign and found it exciting.

"I have spent the last 12 months talking to people across the electorate

"Our campaign has been run very well, it has been positive and we have been pushing reinvestment in education, health and jobs in our region."

Nationals candidate Kevin Hogan said although campaigns were always intense, they were an important part of Australian democracy.

"The feedback from the community on pre-poll has been very positive," he said.

"People are appreciative of the massive infrastructure boom happening in the Clarence Valley.

"Many see this as ensuring our economic future, especially jobs creation."



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