Dogs, sausages and votes
CANDIDATE volunteers were on deck at Loddon polling booths ready for the 8am opening of doors in Saturday’s federal election.
While 46.4 per cent of Mallee electors had cast their vote at pre-poll or by post before election day, most booths had early morning queues as people had their name ticked off the electoral roll and lodged their voting slips in the ballot box before heading off to work or Saturday sport.
Candidates opted to spend the day at their local booths or the major voting centres of Mildura and Swan Hill.
The Nationals and United Australia Party are reported to have had faithful supporters handing out how-to-vote cards at all Loddon booths while independent Sophie Baldwin and Labor’s Carole Hart also had a presence on most booths.
UAP candidate Stuart King said of his volunteers: “It’s been an honour and privilege to have your help and commitment.”
Ms Baldwin said: “I have to say as a person and not a party, I am pretty proud to have secured 10 per cent of the vote but this could only have happened thanks to the great support from my hardworking team and the volunteers who put their hand up to help across Mallee.”
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