VOTES are in at Bendigo’s pre-poll booth.
The Hargreaves Street polling centre opened Tuesday morning, ahead of the September 7 federal election poll.
Officer in charge Annette Fitzgibbon said the first day of pre-poll always sparked a rush of voters.
Ms Fitzgibbon said the centre accommodated absentee voters and local residents registered in interstate electorates.
“It’s there for those people who may be unable to vote on the day, who may be working or have other engagements,” she said.
“We generally see a lot of people wanting to get it done early.”
Candidates and party members didn't miss the opportunity to hand out how-to-vote cards at the opening.
Liberal candidate for Bendigo Greg Bickley said he was taking every chance he could to talk to voters.
He said his daily campaign schedule stretched from 6am to 11pm.
“It’s about trying to cover as much ground as possible,” he said. “I want to chat to the people working at chicken farms late at night to the early morning street sweepers.”
Greens volunteers Michelle Goldsmith and Nathan Wingrave said they had gauged a positive response from people going in to vote.
“We’ve been getting a lot of interest,” Mr Wingrave said.
“I think Labor’s getting the most, then nationals but we’re probably right after that.”
Ms Goldsmith said asylum seeker issues had struck a chord with voters.
“On the strength of the harsh policies of the two major parties we’re getting people a lot more engaged with the Greens.”
Labor party member Marg Lewis travelled from Castlemaine to help hand out how-to-vote cards.
Ms Lewis said she was hearing a lot of concern from voters, particularly about the environment and education policies.
She said she would keep campaigning two days a week for the rest of the campaign.
The voting centre at 365 Hargreaves Street is open weekdays from 8.30am until 5.30pm.
It will also open Saturday August 31 between 9am and 4pm.
It will be the only booth available for interstate voters on September 7, open from 8am until 6pm.
Correction: When this story was first published, the Bendigo Advertiser incorrectly reported the centre would be open seven days a week. We apologise for any confusion caused.