Pre-poll voting for the March 9 State election opened in Geraldton on Wednesday.
Voters who will be away from town, or otherwise want to cast a pre-poll vote can now do so at the Geraldton Courthouse, or at the Australian Electoral Commission office on Wiebbe Hayes Lane.
Liberals and Nationals set up pre-polling booths outside the courthouse on Wednesday — and were joined by Labor on Thursday — handing out how-to- vote cards and information on the candidates.
Nationals Geraldton president Jerry Gould, who was manning the Nats’ booth on Wednesday, said he wanted to get out there in people’s faces.
“Apart from the how-to-vote card, we’ll be giving out a brochure on the pension fuel card and a card on what programs have been brought about in Geraldton through Royalties for Regions,” Mr Gould said.
Manning the Liberals booth at the same time was ex-Geraldton mayor Phil Cooper, who has been volunteering at the polling booths in Geraldton for more than 40 years.
Mr Cooper said political advertising was much more informed in current times than when he first started, but said the party would be very happy if it could attract more youth.
Mr Cooper said the Liberal booth had how-to-vote cards for candidates in the Moore and North West Central electorates, to cater to voters away from home.
Geraldton Labor candidate Kathryn Mannion said a delay in her materials arriving from Perth kept Labor from providing a stall on the fi rst day of pre-polling at the courthouse.
Greens candidate Paul Connolly said he would set up a “static, unmanned booth” outside the courthouse and said he didn’t really like the idea of telling people how to vote.
Australian Christians state director Gary Kleyn said a team of party supporters would be manning the booths on election day.People can cast their votes ahead of March 9 at the Geraldton Courthouse between 8.30am and 4.30pm, or at the Australian Electoral Commission office in Geraldton between 9am and 5pm.
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