High profile candidates face-off during first day of pre-polling
Posted On May 9, 2022
High profile candidates have faced-off as early voters turned out in force to cast their ballots on the first day of pre-polling across Melbourne.
From today, Australians are able to attend particular voting centres to cast their ballot early.
It comes as the fight for Kooyong heats up, with Josh Frydenberg and Monique Ryan standing side-by-side today outside polling booths today.
“(There have been) a steady flow of people and it’s fairly encouraging actually,” Frydenberg said.
“The mood has been positive.”
It will be a close contest, with many voters still undecided.
“It’s gonna be very close in Kooyong, so I need to be here… to meet every possible voter,” Ryan said.
“I’ve felt really supported this morning and people feel very happy to have a choice.”
Pre-polling started at 8am, the earliest voters ready with their reasons.
“I find it rather convenient rather than lining up on polling day,” one voter said.
“I just wanted to get in and miss the rush, I missed out on the sausages but there you go,” another voter said.
The early voting site at the convention and exhibition centre is the only one in Melbourne’s CBD and it is expected to be Victoria’s busiest over the next fortnight.
If recent trends continue, half of the possible votes could be cast before May 21.