POLLING booths opened for early voting today in the Bega Valley.
There was a queue this morning at the CWA Hall on Church St, Bega, as those unable to cast their vote on Saturday did so today.
There is also an early voting centre at Bimbimbie Retirement Village in Merimbula.
Both will be open from 8.30am until 5.30pm today; 8.30am until 6pm tomorrow and Friday.
A steady stream of people, including many nurses, police and other emergency workers who are working on the actual election day, waited in the sunny CWA hall for their turn to vote this morning.
Outside, an experienced crew of party faithful handed out how to vote leaflets.
Standing in the lovely spring sunshine on Church St, it was a fairly social occasion for the group with lots of good natured ribbing and jokes about party politics to be heard.
Shirley Watson, who was handing out how to vote leaflets for Liberal Party candidate Peter Hendy, insisted on standing next to John Seckold from the Labor Party when the Bega District News asked to take their picture.
“Come on John, let’s pretend we’re best friends,” she joked as they linked arms.
Mr Seckold was joined by Rob Robilliard in handing out Labor leaflets for incumbent Mike Kelly, while Beth Hill gave out how to votes for the Greens, who are represented in the Eden-Monaro electorate by candidate Catherine Moore.
Everyone in the group outside the CWA agreed it has been a long election campaign.
“I have to say I’m looking forward to the media blackout, I’m getting pretty sick of hearing Rudd and Abbott everywhere I turn, whether it’s the telly or the radio,” Ms Hill said.
“It feels like it’s been really long, I’m ready for it to be done,” Ms Watson agreed.
However, with a backdrop of warm sunshine, a light breeze and a street filled with spring blossoms, everyone agreed it was a lovely day for voting.