Polls have just opened on the east coast in the 2019 Australian federal election. The handful of Australians who are yet to cast a pre-poll vote will be voting today in an election expected to be relatively close.
The latest polls have Labor in the lead, but not by much. The most recent Ipsos and Galaxy polls both give Labor 51% of the two-party-preferred vote, with Essential on 51.5%. Finally Newspoll has given a small boost to Labor, giving them 51.5% of the 2PP vote.
Approximately 4.76 million people have cast a pre-poll vote, with about 700,000 having voted on Friday. This is an increase of almost 50% compared to 2016, and it will likely translate into more than 30% of votes being cast at pre-poll.
I probably won’t be posting anything during the day today, but please use this as an open thread. I’ll be back tonight with a results thread, although it will only be updated occasionally (maybe once an hour). I will also be contributing to the Guardian’s election night coverage.
If you are looking for something to read today, I recommend you check out my complete guide to the federal election, including profiles of all 151 House of Representatives seats and the 8 Senate races.
One other thing I’d like to plug is my Patreon which supports this website. I’ve only been able to do what I did over the last year, covering three major elections in detail while running a fortnightly podcast, thanks to the hundred-or-so donors who give their support on a monthly basis.
After this election we’ll be entering a bit of a quiet period for elections in this country, but there’ll be a lot to do preparing for elections in 2020 – I’m planning full guides to the Brisbane City Council election in March, Territory elections in August and October, Sydney local government elections in September, and the Queensland state election in October, while covering the upcoming redistributions and finding a new focus for the podcast post-election.
And if I can get to 150 donors I’m looking to start a spinoff podcast on election history. So if you’ve found this website valuable during this campaign, please sign up.