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Early voters rush to poll

Tuesday, 27th August, 2013

Dave Gallagher and Marion Browne share the footpath to hand out political party fliers at the pre-poll booth in Argent Street. Dave Gallagher and Marion Browne share the footpath to hand out political party fliers at the pre-poll booth in Argent Street.

By Kurtis J Eichler

Pre-polling in Broken Hill has been busy on the first day of voting for the federal election yesterday.

The city’s only pre-poll booth, at 195 Argent Street, attracted 450 voters just 11 days out from the September 7 ballot.

Labor and Liberal supporters were handing out political fliers to voters walking into decide whether Tony Abbott or Kevin Rudd should lead the country.

Dave Gallagher, a supporter of incumbent Liberal member Sussan Ley, said there had been a “steady stream” of voters yesterday.

“There have been quite a few interstate visitors asking about pre-poll,” Mr Gallagher said.

“But I think people are having trouble finding the place.”

The booth will be open from 8.30am to 5.30pm daily.

On August 30, it will be open from 8.30am to 6pm, August 31 from 9am to 4pm, September 5 from 8.30am to 8pm and on September 6 from 8.30am to 6pm.

On election day, the booth will be open to interstate voters from 8am to 6pm.

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