Canning voters turn out to pre-polling centres in droves

Canning has turned out to pre-polling booths in droves, with the division almost doubling the state average of voters.

Since pre-polling opened on April 29 up until May 7, a total of 11,479 people had cast their votes early at centres in Byford, Haynes, Greenfields and Falcon.

The busiest of these has been the Eastlake Church in Greenfields, which saw 7268 people vote in the first week of pre-polling.

In that same period, Falcon saw 2199 people through its doors, which was followed by Byford with 1547 and Haynes with 465.

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Mr Hastie said three weeks of pre-polling was bringing more of an opportunity to talk to constituents.

"I'm not troubled by the current timeframe for pre-poll," he said.

"I actually really enjoy pre-poll because it's a chance to meet with people directly and have a chat about the issues that matter to them.

"I've spent most of my time over the last week-and-a-half meeting people down at the booth in Greenfields.

"There's probably a number of things contributing to Canning's high pre-poll vote. We have a high number of retirees living in Mandurah who are generally quite organised, a large number of FIFO workers who may be out of town on polling day, and then there's the people who just want to get voting out of the way."

Greens candidate Jodie Moffat said the numbers spoke for themselves.

"Obviously it's effective," she said.

Ms Moffat said the Eastlake Church had always attracted early numbers.

"Eastlake [Church] is near the hospital and near a couple of retirement villages. It's relevant to the areas," she said.

However, Ms Moffat said the longer time period meant it was tougher for small and minor parties to ensure volunteers were always on-site to help disrupt how-to-vote cards.

"If you've got people there you always have a better response. For us it's very hard because we can't pay people. It's all volunteers and it's hard for us to have staff there," Ms Moffat said.


A Labor campaign spokesperson said a the numbers turning out to voting centres indicated that "voters are hungry for change".

"We need real change - because more of the same isn't good enough. If you want unity and stability, not three more years of chaos - vote Labor," the spokesperson said.


The next closest electorate was in the division of Brand with 7269 voters.

After that, there was Swan with 6218 people casting their ballot, which was followed by Perth with 5722, Fremantle with 5706, Forrest with 5345, Hasluck with 4931 and Durack with 4945.

In attorney general Christian Porter's marginal seat of Pearce, 4833 people have already cast their ballots in the first week and in the vast electorate of O'Connor, which covers an 868,576 square kilometre area, 4594 voters turned out to the poll.

Where to cast you ballot in Canning

The Eastlake Church, located at 99 Lakes Road in Greenfields, is the closest polling booth to the city centre.

Falcon also have an early voting centre at Miami Village Shop, located at 619 Old Coast Road.

In the north of the electorate, voters can head to the Haynes Homemaker Centre at 4/1280 Armadale Road or the Byford IGA Complex Shop at 14, 867 South Western Highway.

For those requiring wheelchair access, the voting stations at Greenfields, Byford and Haynes have adequate facilities, however, Falcon does not.

More than 500 early voting centres opened across the country on April 29, ahead of the poll on May 18.

With a record enrolment rate of 96.8 per cent, more than 16 million Australians are set to take part in the national vote.

Opening times for all four polling stations:

  • Monday, April 29 to Friday, May 3 - 8.30am to 5.30pm.
  • Monday, May 6 to Thursday, May 9 - 8.30am to 5.30pm.
  • Friday, May 10 - 8.30am to 6pm.
  • Saturday, May 11 - 9am to 4pm.
  • Monday, May 13 to Tuesday, May 14 - 8.30am to 5.30pm.
  • Wednesday, May 15 - 8.30am to 6pm.
  • Thursday, May 16 - 8.30am to 5.30pm.
  • Friday, May 17 - 8.30am to 6pm.

Visit the AEC website to find out more on voting in the election: www.aec.gov.au.