VOTERS are already flocking to the polls for the September 7 federal election, with many taking the chance to vote yesterday when pre-polling began at the Orange electoral office.
The Orange office, upstairs at the former Commonwealth Office Block in Kite Street, is the only place to pre-poll in Calare this week.
But with only one booth available until pre-polling starts in the downstairs office and in other Calare offices from Monday, August 26, Calare divisional returning officer Dimity McKenzie is encouraging voters to hold off unless they are going away this week.
“We’ve had a steady stream of voters in [on Tuesday],” she said.
“But it will be more comfortable and there will be more room if they can delay it until the 26th.
“Pre-polling is for people who are going to be away, but if you know you’re going to be in hospital on election day or if you know you’re going to be working that day you can also pre-poll.”
Mrs McKenzie said electors can also absentee vote for any electorate in the country at any pre-polling place.
Ballot papers for postal voting are also available at the office or any post office in Calare.
Pre-polling will be open upstairs at the Orange electoral office at 122-124 Kite Street from 8.30am to 5.30pm this week.
From Monday, August 26 until Thursday, August 29 pre-polling will be downstairs from 8.30am to 5.30pm.
On Friday, August 30 the office will open until 6pm and on Saturday August 31 pre-polling will be available from 9am to 4pm.
In the week before the election, starting Monday, September 2, pre-polling will be open from 8.30am to 5.30pm except Thursday September 5 when it will close at 8pm and on the day before the election Friday, September 6 when it will open until 6pm.