THE first votes for the upcoming election were cast on Monday, with a pre-polling both opening at 122 Faulkner Street in Armidale's CBD.
It was the first early-voting centre in the electorate to open its doors for business, and will be operating from 8.30am on most weekdays right up until election day on May 18.
Tamworth's pre-polling office will open on Thursday, May 2 in the middle of Peel Street, in the old Blooms Chemist building.
Inverell, Glen Innes and Tenterfield pre-poll booths will all open on Monday May 13, at the Inverell Town Hall, 178 Grey Street, Glen Innes and in the Tenterfield Memorial Hall.
The Australian Electoral Commission's (AEC) Tom Rogers said with a record enrolment rate of 96.8 per cent, it was important all enrolled voters now think about how and when they would cast their vote.
"We have the most complete electoral roll since federation and we're providing a broad range of voting services, but it is up to enrolled Australians to turnout to make sure they have their say," Mr Rogers said.
"We moved swiftly on Wednesday evening to design, verify and then print ballot papers in time for voters to access early voting centres from Monday.
"We're in the process of printing a total of around 52 million ballot papers."
Eight candidates have put their hand up for the seat of New England, including incumbent Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce, independents Adam Blakester, Rob Taber and Natasha Ledger, Labor's Yvonne Langenberg, the Greens' Tony Lonergan, United Australia Party's Cindy Duncan and Christian Democrats' Julia Collins.
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