Electors voting early

PRE-polling for the July 2 federal election is well under way with hundreds of people who will be unable to attend local polling places on that Saturday casting their votes early.

More than 3.2 million Australians voted early (pre-poll or postal) for the 2013 federal election compared to about 2.5 million in 2010.

The former Medicare office in Raymond St, Sale is one of several locations where people can vote early.

Sites in Traralgon, Bairnsdale and Morwell are also open for enrolled voters in the Gippsland electorate.

The Sale location will be open this week from 8.30am to 5.30pm, and until 6pm on Friday, as well as from 9am to 4pm on Saturday.

Several politicians, volunteers, and party representatives have braved cold conditions to meet voters and hand out information.

On Saturday, July 2, polling places will be open across the area, including Sale Memorial Hall, Guthridge and Araluen Primary Schools, Maffra Memorial Hall, Longford and Stratford Primary Schools, the Rosedale Public Hall, Yarram’s Mechanics Institute, Heyfield’s War Memorial Hall, and the Boisdale Public Hall.

There are many other locations, which can be found online at www.aec.gov.au/election/VIC/Gippsland.htm.