WITH just a day to go to lodge a pre-poll vote, the New England is on track to set a new record for early voters.
Tamworth’s Darling St pre-poll centre had recorded more than 7700 votes by the time it closed on Wednesday, well above the 4600 the Australian Electoral Commission had estimated.
In Armidale, at the Greater Building Society building in Faulkner St, earlybird voters are flooding in, with just over 4000 by the end of Wednesday.
Australian Electoral Commission state manager Doug Orr said many electorates across the state were projecting between a 50 and 100 per cent increase in pre-polling from 2010.
Statewide, he said, they were looking at up to 600,000 votes lodged prior to polls officially opening tomorrow.
In the seat of Parkes, Dubbo pre-poll votes were more than 6000, with centres opening in Moree and Narrabri on Wednesday.
In New England, centres also include Gunnedah, in the town’s shire building in Elgin St, and Inverell, in Flanders House in Evans St.
All will remain open until 6pm today.