ON THE JOB: Desley Banks at the Grafton early polling centre.
ON THE JOB: Desley Banks at the Grafton early polling centre. Lachlan Thompson

Early voters cop attention

WHILE the election won't be held until Saturday, many people in the Valley have decided to vote early.

And outside the early voting centre on King St, in Grafton, the pavement was awash with party members hoping to grab people on their way into the booths.

Fergus Fysh, a National Party member, said his gauge on who people were favouring indicated Page would be a close race.

Mr Fysh described Kevin Hogan, the candidate he'll no doubt be voting for, as a "solid family man". "And I think we're doing fairly well, maybe just a bit in front, but I couldn't say anything definitive," he said.

On the other side of the door was Ray Wilson, a Labor Party member.

He was spruiking the benefits of voting for Labor candidate Janelle Saffin.

Mr Wilson has stood outside polling booths for the past six elections.

He said Ms Saffin was a fighter who cared. "I'm pleased to be able to help this lady," he said pointing to a sign with the incumbent MP's face on it.

He said he joined the Labor Party after growing up in Newcastle, where everyone voted Labor. "Except my mother who voted for Malcolm Fraser just to nark my father," he said.

Greens candidate for Page Desley Banks said her campaign policies were to increase welfare benefits and fight against unconventional gas exploration.

Where to vote early

 

Grafton 18-20 King St.

 

Maclean 48 River St.



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