ONE in 10 Bendigo residents have already cast their votes ahead of Saturday’s election.
According to Australia Electoral Commission Bendigo divisional returning officer Terry Holmes, 10,910 people had voted as of close of business yesterday.
“At times the lines have been 30 metres outside the office,” he said.
“(Pre-poll voting) seems to be developing.
“It’s a voting trend that seems to be evolving.”
Mr Holmes said he expected about 14,000 people would have lodged pre-poll votes at the Hargreaves office by 6pm Friday.
“At the last election in 2010 it levelled out at about 8,000,” he said.
“In the state election some months later there was 14,000. “We’ve still got two days to run here so it will likely get close to 14,000 or even go above.
“We just need some rain; it keeps people away.”
The Hargreaves Street AEC office is open from 8.30am to 6pm Thursday and Friday.
Mr Holmes said the Hargreaves Street AEC office would only be open to interstate voters on Saturday.
For a full list of voting booths visit http://www.aec.gov.au/election/vic/bendigo.htm#pp