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Pre-poll numbers climb in Silver City

Saturday, 16th March, 2019

By Callum Marshall

With a week to go until the State election, a good number of Hillites continued pouring into the pre-poll station at the old Pellew & Moore building to get their votes in early.

As of yesterday morning, over 1600 had already voted at the pre-poll station with numbers climbing during the week.

The numbers started off with about 300 on Monday, 410 on Tuesday, 460 Wednesday and 480 Thursday.

With the election date gearing up, the contest is also tightening considerably.

On Monday, a YouGov Galaxy poll conducted for the Daily Telegraph showed the Nationals holding an incredibly slim lead over the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers in the Barwon electorate, 51% to 49% after preferences.

The poll of 502 voters also showed primary votes of 40% and 30% for the Nationals and SFF respectively.

That revelation followed similar news in the paper, as well as The Australian, that the Nationals primary vote in the electorate was well down on their 2015 election number, and that the SFF were running the party close in both Barwon and the seat of Murray.

Yesterday, a small exit poll conducted by the BDT outside the old Pellew & Moore polling booth highlighted that most had put the SFF first.

The 20 votes were as follows: 11 for SFF, 7 for Country Labor and one each for the Greens and Nationals.



Pre-poll voting will continue until 6pm on March 22, the night before the election.

On the day of the election, the six Broken Hill polling booths will be located at Alma Public School, North Public School, Burke Ward Public School, Morgan Street Public School, the hospital and the PCYC.

Menindee residents will have a polling booth at the Civic Centre Hall and Wilcannia residents within their Community Hall.

For those who are blind or have low vision, are unable to vote without assistance because of a disability or difficulties reading, are a silent elector, live more than 20km from a voting centre, or will be interstate or overseas during election day, you can also vote now through the iVote service.

iVote is an online telephone voting service that is only available to the above listed groups.

You can still register to use the service up until 1pm AEST on the day of the election by visiting the NSW Electoral Commission website and following the links there.

Given that voting is compulsory in Australia, you will be fined $55 if you haven’t enrolled to vote and/or choose not to vote.

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