Thousands of Clarence Valley residents have already visited the polls since early voting in the 2022 Federal election opened on May 9.
In Grafton, the early voting centre in the King Street arcade is a vibrant and vocal mixture of party representatives, supporters and passionate locals.
Action on climate change, the cost of living, border protection, and the ongoing housing crisis were all cited as influencing factors as residents put pen to paper.
Speaking with the Clarence Valley Independent on May 11, a local resident who wished to remain anonymous said they prioritised early voting to “avoid bigger crowds and a late influx of voters” on election day.
They were also happy to share which boxes they numbered on their ballot papers.
“I have always voted for the Nationals, and I’ve done so again in this election by voting for Kevin Hogan,” they said.
“I always give preference to the party I know, the candidate I trust, the proven work they have done for us and the progression they’ve made within our region.
“I look at the secure and sustainable financial investments which are being made, those which are currently in progress, and the ones which best represent the economic and social welfare of the future of the Clarence Valley.
Clarence Valley residents can vote early at the following locations:
- Shop 7, 22 King Street, Grafton, May 18 and 19, between 8:30am – 5:30pm, and May 20, between 8am – 6pm.
- 48 River Street, Maclean, May 18 and 19, between 8:30am – 5:30pm, and May 20, between 8:30am – 6pm.
Election day is May 21.