2017 FED­ER­A­TION COUN­CIL ELEC­TION Tak­ing to the polls on elec­tion day

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY SARAH DEAN

Many res­i­dents braved the chilly con­di­tions on Satur­day for the early morn­ing rush to vote in the his­tory-mak­ing Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil elec­tion.

A cou­ple of vot­ers told the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle they were keen to get in early so they could re­turn to their week­end ac­tiv­i­ties.

As they con­tin­ued to walk on by they were greeted by some coun­cil can­di­dates on the footpath in front of How­long Pub­lic School and were given ‘how to vote’ flyers and some chit-chat en­sued.

They soon joined the long line of vot­ers that was a con­stant stream of peo­ple all morn­ing.

Not far from the line of vot­ers was a ta­ble of de­lec­ta­ble treats baked by the How­long Pub­lic School P&C.

How­long’s Jes­sica Bag­gio, 6, may have been too young to vote in the elec­tion but she was glad she tagged along af­ter see­ing the fine dis­play of cakes and slices, not to men­tion the tof­fee ap­ples.

Aimee Erick­son, a mem­ber of the P&C, said the stall was prov­ing pop­u­lar with res­i­dents in need of some­thing sweet af­ter stand­ing in line wait­ing their turn to vote.

“It’s all about rais­ing money for the school,” she said.

“We pro­vided par­ents with a plas­tic plate and they brought back a cake or slices to sell here to­day.

“The date and wal­nut loaf is prov­ing the most pop­u­lar so far.”

Over at Corowa the line to vote at the pub­lic school in Hon­our Av­enue was just as con­stant as How­long’s.

A talk­ing point for res­i­dents in Corowa dur­ing the lead up to elec­tion day has been a large ‘how to vote’ ban­ner hang­ing from a crane parked at sev­eral lo­ca­tions around town for the past week.

The ban­ner had been pro­mot­ing Shaun Whitechurch’s ticket and was in a prom­i­nent lo­ca­tion out the front of Corowa Pub­lic School on elec­tion day.

The elec­toral com­mis­sion has been left over­whelmed with the large num­ber of pre- poll votes that num­bered close to 2000 when pre-polling closed on Fri­day.

There are 9171 reg­is­tered vot­ers in the merged lo­cal govern­ment area.

Vot­ers have been able to fol­low the vote count on­line since about 7pm on Satur­day via the NSW Elec­toral Com­mis­sion’s web­site.

Late Mon­day night, the only con­firmed elec­tion win­ners to date were Shaun Whitechurch, Pat Bourke and David Lon­g­ley.

The nine new coun­cil­lors will be sworn in at a cer­e­mony sched­uled for Tues­day, Septem­ber 19.

How­long’s Jes­sica Bag­gio, 6, en­joys a tof­fee ap­ple from the How­long Pub­lic School P&C bake sale on elec­tion day.

Can­di­date David Hor­ton hands out one of his ‘how to vote’ flyers.

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