Early voting centres open
WHILE the Federal Election voting day for most of us isn't until Saturday, early voting centres are open.
With a handful of early voting centres open across the Northern Rivers, those who are eligible to vote early are getting down to it.
You are eligible to vote early if you will be:
- outside your electorate;
- more than 8km from a polling place;
- approaching childbirth;
- seriously ill or caring for someone who is; or
- unable to attend a polling place because of religious beliefs, fear for personal safety, disability or work commitments.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics says the electorate of Richmond is tied third for having the oldest median population in Australia.
All four of these electorates are on the NSW Coast.
Richmond and Page are statistically fairly similar. Richmond has a population of 133,981 (48.6% male and 51.4% female) and Page has a population of 132,872 (48.7% male, 51.3% female).
Dr Jo Coghlan, lecturer in Australian Politics at Southern Cross University, said gender and income could shift how people vote.
"A higher female population may see a slight trend to the ALP in Richmond and Page, given the ALP has incumbent women," she said.
"Lower income voters tended to vote Labor, however, the rise of the post-industrial working class has seen larger numbers vote for the Liberal Party or right-wing independents and right-wing minor parties. This may be a backlash, that is, neither Liberal nor Labor is seen as representing them, and as disenfranchised voters they prefer minor parties or independents."