Candidates kept very busy at polling stations as pre-polls open

EARLY: Candidates and their representatives were busy on Tuesday morning outside the Armidale pre-poll station.

EARLY: Candidates and their representatives were busy on Tuesday morning outside the Armidale pre-poll station.

While candidates for the seat of Northern Tablelands have representatives handing out at Armidale and Inverell pre-polling stations, some are wondering how they will spread themselves around when Glen Innes and Moree stations open at 8am on Monday March 16.

There really is an expectation among them that, in this Electorate at least, this time around a record for the highest percentage of votes ever cast prior to Election Day could be created with about half the votes cast before the day.

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Nationals candidate Adam Marshall said the trend for the last few elections was more people choosing to vote before the day.

"I wouldn't be surprised to see up to 40 per cent of people voting prior to March 23," he said.

"If you look at the last Victorian State election which was only in November last year, 49 per cent of voters voted prior to polling day."

Labor's Debra O'Brien thought a lot of people were voting because she was very busy

"Just this morning we've had a number of people going for Labor and that's a good feeling. It makes you realise you've got to be there," she said.

"Forty per cent of people voted before the election last time, I think. I've heard they've predicted up to 50 per cent this time."

Greens candidate Dorothy Robinson thanked her volunteers and the voters who were supportive of the Greens policies.

"So far, it's working out quite well. I hope it will go even better in the future, and that the friendly camaraderie between all those at the pre-poll will continue. I'm looking forward to being able to help out myself."

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers candidate Rayne Single said he had a really good pre-poll response and thought it was very busy at the pre-polling stations.

"This time I reckon it [40 per cent] will be getting there, because people just want to get it out of the way and make sure they don't have to bugger up their Saturday."

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