Pre-poll opens at Tenterfield Memorial Hall

Locals Sandra and Jim Koch for the Nationals and Armidale-based Ken Barnett for Independent Adam Blakester were on hand at the early polling station to provide voting guidance.
Locals Sandra and Jim Koch for the Nationals and Armidale-based Ken Barnett for Independent Adam Blakester were on hand at the early polling station to provide voting guidance.

Seems only weeks since we last turned out to vote, that time in the state election. Pre-polling has now opened at Tenterfield Memorial Hall for Saturday's federal election, in our case where the Nationals' Barnaby Joyce goes up against seven other candidates for the seat of New England.

The polling station opens all this week at 8.30am, closing on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 5.30pm with a slightly later finish on Wednesday and Friday at 6pm.

Election day itself, this Saturday, May 18, you can vote between 8am and 6pm again at Tenterfield Memorial Hall or at Mungindi Community Pre-School, Drake Community Hall, Deepwater School of Arts, Mingoola Public School, Urbenville Public School or Liston Hall.

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Meanwhile those heading to Primex in Casino at the end of this week have been encouraged to get their vote in early and avoid queues to vote outside their electorate on Saturday.

Primex opens its gates on Thursday and runs through until Saturday. Traditionally Saturday is one of the busiest days and event director Bruce Wright is urging visitors to consider voting before the weekend.

If you're heading to Primex, event director Bruce Wright's advice is to vote before you go.

If you're heading to Primex, event director Bruce Wright's advice is to vote before you go.

"The Federal election is this Saturday, May 18, so my suggestion is - if you are coming to Primex then cast your vote during the week at your local early voting centre," he said.

"We all have to vote and so it certainly makes sense to tick that box well before Saturday if you have plans for that day. My experience has been that polling booths are less busy leading up to the polling day."

The Australian Electoral Commission's Divisional Returning Officer for Page, Libby Atkins, reiterated Mr Wright's comments.

"The first message to all eligible voters is not to forget to vote in this federal election," she said.

"If you are coming to Primex then please vote before coming to Casino at one of your electorate's early voting centres. If you are from another electorate and are already here, then go to one of the Page early voting centres.

"With the expected large crowd coming for Primex it would be ideal for as many attendees as possible to pre-poll in their own electorate and avoid potential queues on Saturday."

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