The first votes in the NSW state election will be cast on Saturday, a week before the official election which will determine who will govern Australia’s biggest state for the next four years.
Over the crucial next week, residents across the state will be narrowing down their decision on whether to vote for the 12-year-old Coalition government under Dominic Perrottet or the Labor opposition led by Chris Minns. Or whether to cast their vote for a minor party or independent.
Many voters may want to skip the “democracy sausage” and the queues on election day on March 25 and opt to head to an early voting centre for early polling which opens on Saturday March 18.
Premier Dominic Perrottet is seeking another term in government. Picture: NCA NewsWire/ POOL/Nikki Short)Meanwhile Labor’s Chris Minns is hoping to unseat the Coalition after 12 years in power. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gaye Gerard.
Voters are eligible for early voting if they are going to out of the state on election day, are seriously ill, are working on election day, or believe that attending a voting centre on election day will harm their safety among other reasons.
Though polling places are usually located at public schools, churches, and public buildings, not all are open for early voting.
Available pre-poll venues across the state are laid out in the list below.
Voting on election day must happen between 8am and 6pm, however some early polling places may have different opening hours.
Mr Perrottet is seeking a historic fourth term of government for the NSW Coalition.
He has been the state’s premier for just over a year since Gladys Berejiklian resigned over a ICAC investigation which is yet to be finalised.
For Mr Minns to lead Labor to a long-awaited win, the party needs to retain their current 38 seats, and add a further nine to be able to govern with a majority government.
However, Mr Minns believes the party could take power in a minority government with as little as five.