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Electoral Commission staffer Deborah Zasillo and Midvale pre-polling centre officer in charge Judi Grant.

Voters get in early

VOTERS have turned out in force in the lead-up to Saturday’s federal election with more than double the electors casting their votes early at the Midvale pre-polling centre this year compared to the previous election.

Australian Electoral Commission statistics show on average 1066 people a day voted in Midvale in the first eight days of pre-poll, a jump from 478 people a day in 2019 for the same time period.

While the reason for the increase in early voters is not entirely known, it is speculated many have wanted to avoid polling day crowds due to COVID concerns.

A fair go for women, the handling of the pandemic, affordable housing and more support for the public education sector were just some of the issues driving votes when Echo News canvassed Hasluck electors in Midvale on Tuesday.

Elector Laine said women’s equality and recognition was high on her list of commitment priorities, but that it wasn’t easy choosing a party committed to the cause.

“What was really important to me was women’s issues across the country,” she said.

“It was difficult [choosing who to vote for]… there’s too much lip service, they talk one thing now and later on… well, we’ll see.”

Another elector, who wished not to be named, said she backed Labor and its commitments towards getting people into their first homes and the lowering of the cost of living, while others supported the current Coalition government based on the handling of the pandemic.

“I think with everything going on, we’d be crazy to change Prime Ministers at the moment,” small business owner Kristy Parnaby said.

“To go through a pandemic, that must have been the hardest job.”

The Mundaring pre-polling centre also recorded a jump in early voter turn-out with 2736 early votes compared with 1309 in 2019.

The Ellenbrook pre-polling centre has seen 6603 voters through the doors, but has not been compared with 2019 as it was then in a different electorate.

After a shuffle of the electoral boundaries in 2020, which saw the number of registered electors increase from 98,000 to 117,000, the majority of Echo News’ readership now falls in the seat of Hasluck.

After the redistribution, Hasluck gained Ellenbrook and Aveley from Pearce and Lesmurdie from Canning but lost Maida Vale, Forrestfield and Wattle Grove to Swan.

Also in Echo News’ reach is Bullsbrook, which falls into the seat of Durack.

Echo News has featured Hasluck candidates in our extended coverage of the 2022 federal election, which can be found via our website www.echone
wspaper.com.au, along with a list of the Swan and Durack candidates.

Those who are voting on Saturday, May 21, can find their nearest polling centre at www.aec.gov.au

Find Liberal candidate Ken Wyatt’s profile in today’s edition on page 8.

By Claire Ottaviano 

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Echo News gives readers an alternative to other media outlets in WA and enjoys a very high rate of readership in its distribution area. Our Echo News team are a small group of devoted individuals who work hard to give the local community an easy to read, yet intelligent mix of local community stories.

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