Last-ditch push for undecided

Brett Wicks ? who?s taking part in his first election ? looks over his options before casting a pre-poll vote.
Brett Wicks ? who?s taking part in his first election ? looks over his options before casting a pre-poll vote.

PRE-POLL voting for the Clarene Valley Council election concluded yesterday, as more than 30,000 people throughout the Valley prepare to cast their vote today.

At the Grafton polling station in Pound Street yesterday, up to six candidates were still pushing their message, hoping for a last-minute change of heart.

And it wasn't necessarily a waste of time, as some voters who spoke to the the Daily Examiner hadn't made their decision.

Brett Wicks from Grafton, in his first time at the polls, was one such swinging voter.

"It's pretty difficult to decide, I still don't know who I'm going to vote for," he said just before he cast his vote.

Mark McMahon from Grafton was in a similar position.

"I've thought very little about it and I still don't know who I'm voting for," he said.

Terry Cheney from Pillar Valley said he thought the new counil was a great move for the Clarence Valley.

"It's a great idea, it should have been done years ago. I think it's a progressive move for the district," he said,

Helen Redman, from Grafton, said she didn't find the task of choosing nine councillors out of the list of 36 candidates difficult.

"I didn't think it was particulalry daunting. I read what everyone had to say and I heard what they had to offer," she said.

Lyn Gregor, from Copmanhurst, said she had also given the election plenty of thought.

"I bought the newspaper to read what everybody had to say and I've probably thought about it more than a normal state or federal election," she said.

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