Coffs Harbour voters are pre-polling ahead of the NSW Election Saturday with around 4,500 votes already cast.
Coffs Harbour voters are pre-polling ahead of the NSW Election Saturday with around 4,500 votes already cast. Trevor Veale

Voters opt to pre-poll ahead of State Election

A STEADY stream of voters have beaten the election day rush and cast their State Election votes in the pre-poll, which remains open until tomorrow at 6pm.

The candidates and party faithful have spent much of the week handing out how to vote cards outside Coffs Harbour's Norm Jordan Pavilion at the Coffs Harbour Showground.

Returning officer for the Coffs Harbour electoral office, Cliff Mitchell said an approximate tally of 4,500 votes had been cast in the pre-poll up until Thursday at noon.

"Generally speaking the pre-polls on Thursday and Friday before an election day Saturday are busy and based on previous State Election tallies I would expect between 1,200 and 1,500 votes will be cast today," Mr Mitchell said.

"The pre-polling at Norm Jordan Pavilion closes on Friday at 6pm and from then it will serve as the returning office where the votes begin to be tallied on Saturday evening."

In the 2011 State Election 5,038 people cast pre-poll votes in the Coffs Harbour electorate and there were 2,593 postal votes counted. 

Pre-poll voting at Coffs Harbour's Norm Jordan Pavilion will continue until 6pm on Friday.
Pre-poll voting at Coffs Harbour's Norm Jordan Pavilion will continue until 6pm on Friday. Trevor Veale

Four of the candidates for the seat of Coffs Harbour have allowed the Coffs Coast Advocate to film them delivering a short video message outlining why those who haven't voted yet should put a '1' next to their name.

June Smith (Country Labor)

Craig Christie (The Greens)

Ian Sutherland (Christian Democratic Party

Andrew Fraser (Nationals)



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