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Cold weather keeps pre-poll voters away

Tuesday, 28th June, 2016

Labor’s Pat Reville, Nationals’ Lois Lawrence, Greens’ Eve-lyn Kennedy and the CDP’s Laura Reghenzani in front of the pre-polling booth in Blende Street yesterday. Labor’s Pat Reville, Nationals’ Lois Lawrence, Greens’ Eve-lyn Kennedy and the CDP’s Laura Reghenzani in front of the pre-polling booth in Blende Street yesterday.

By Michael Murphy

Silver City voters in the federal election have been slow out of the blocks with only 1,500 casting their vote during the first week of pre-polling.

It had been estimated that more than 6000 people would take advantage of the chance to vote early, but it seems the recent cold snap has deterred many.

“I think this is the first winter federal election we have had for a while, and I think the weather is keeping some people at home,” said Peter Bartley, and election analyst.

But he expects the pre-poll traffic to pick up this week in the lead-up to election day, and it was “conceivable” that the Silver City would still top the 6000 mark.

How-to-vote volunteers continued to brave the cold conditions in front of the pre-poll booth in Blende Street yesterday.

Labor and the Nationals have put each other on the bottom of their ticket, and they have both selected the Christian Democratic Party’s Glen Ryan for second spot.

The CDP’s Glen Ryan has put the Nationals second on his how-to-vote card and the Greens’ Matt Parmeter last.

The Greens’ Matt Parmeter has put CDP’s Glen Ryan last, while giving second preference to Philip John Ayton from the Online Democratic Party.

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