Federal election, 2019: Pre-poll vote numbers surge

EARLY BIRDS: More early votes have been cast in Bathurst compared to any other pre-polling centre in the Calare electorate. Photo: PHIL BLATCH 050719pbpoll1
EARLY BIRDS: More early votes have been cast in Bathurst compared to any other pre-polling centre in the Calare electorate. Photo: PHIL BLATCH 050719pbpoll1

AS the federal election campaign enters its final few days, pre-polling centres across the Calare electorate are experiencing a surge in early voters.

As of Monday, 23,881 people had cast an early vote in pre-polling centres located in Bathurst, Lithgow, Mudgee, Orange and Dubbo.

This represents a 38.8 per cent increase on the 17,201 people who had cast their vote by the Monday before the 2016 federal election.

The early voting centre in Bathurst has received the most votes so far with 8323 received by Monday.

This was followed by Orange with 7233 votes, Mudgee with 4345 and Lithgow with 3615 votes.

By comparison, the Parkes electorate has also recorded a surge in early voters, with 14,487 cast so far which is a 21.7 per cent increase on the 11,899 made by the Monday before the 2016 election.

Where to cast your pre-poll vote

Bathurst

  • Old Clancy Motors building at 250 Howick Street. Open 8.30am-6pm daily.

Lithgow

  • 47 Main Street.Open May 15: 8.30am-6pm, May 16: 8.30am-5.30pm, May 17: 8.30am-6pm

Mudgee

  • St John's Anglican Hall, 2 Church Street. Open May 15: 8.30am-6pm, May 16: 8.30am-5.30pm, May 17: 8.30am-6pm

Orange

  • Old Marally Craft building, 121-125 Moulder Street. Open 8.30am-6pm daily.

Dubbo

  • 88-90 Macquarie Street. Open 8.30am-6pm daily.

Voting on the day

Polling booths are open from 8am until 6pm sharp.

Barry Hall, Bathurst Public, Bathurst South Public, Bathurst Cathedral Parish Centre, Bathurst High, Bathurst St Stephen's Church Hall, Black Springs Public, Blayney Shire Community Centre, Bloomfield Hall, Borenore Public, Canobolas Public, Canowindra High, Capertee Hall, Carcoar Public, Cargo Public, Cudal Public, Cullen Bullen Progress Hall, Cumnock Community Centre, Eglinton Public, Eugowra Public, Geurie Public, Glen Alice Public, Gulgong Memorial Hall, Hampton Public, Hargraves Public, Hartley Old Public, Hill End Public, Ilford Public, Kandos Memorial Hall, Kelso Public, Cooerwull Public, Fatima Hall (Lithgow), Hermitage Progress Association Hall (Lithgow), Lithgow Public, Zig Zag Public, Lucknow School Hall, Lue Public, Lyndhurst Public, Mandurama Public, Manildra Memorial Hall, Meadow Flat Public, Millthorpe Public, Molong Hall, Cudgegong Valley Public, Mudgee High, Mudgee Police Citizens Youth Club, Mullion Creek Public, Mumbil Public, Nashdale Public, Neville Public, O'Connell Public, Oberon High, Anson Street Public, Bletchington Public, Bowen Public, Calare Public, Glenroi Heights Public, Integra Health Club (Orange), Kenna Hall (Orange), Orange Anglican Grammar, Orange High, Orange Public, St Barnabas' Hall (Orange), Old School House (Peel), Perthville Public, Portland Central, Raglan Public, Rockley Public, Rylstone Public, Presbyterian Church Hall (South Bowenfels), Spring Hill Public, Spring Terrace Public, Stuart Town Public, Trunkey Public, Ulan Public, Wallerawang Public, Wattle Flat Public, Wellington Public, Wellington Scout Hall, Bathurst West Public, Windeyer Recreational Hall, Yeoval Central, Yetholme Hall.