Council hopefuls wait as the Coffs Coast votes
WHETHER it's cleaning the house or taking the kids to sport or a birthday party, there's one thing the Coffs Coast needs to have on its Saturday to-do list: vote.
Local government elections will be held for Coffs Harbour City Council as well as the Nambucca and Bellingen shire councils today.
An army of some 250 volunteers is involved in running election day, from the polling booths to counting ballots. The region's returning officer, Cliff Mitchell, says it's a big operation.
After months of campaigning, all the mayoral and councillor candidates can do now is hope they've done enough as the region hits the polls.
Returning officer for the Coffs Harbour region, Cliff Mitchell, says he is poised to announce Coffs Harbour's councillors on Thursday morning, followed by Nambucca and Bellingen councillors.
He says announcing the mayoral appointments depends on a variety of factors and an exact date can not be confirmed, but it is expected to be early next week.
Mr Mitchell said pre-polling numbers were close to the predicted 9080 voters.
He said a concern for the Electoral Commission NSW was the growing number of pre-pollers.
"There is a general feeling that people can just pre-poll if they feel like it, and that is not really the case," Mr Mitchell said.
"It's always traditionally that you go and vote on election day, (the) one day.
"It's growing less important as we are becoming more accustomed to pre-polling."
Mr Mitchell said living in a "more mobile environment" had resulted in pre-polling becoming a greater part of the voting experience.
When asked about tightening up voting laws, Mr Mitchell said he was pleased with the current process.