8:00am – Polls have just opened for election day in the Northern Territory.
There has been a tremendous number of votes cast before election day. As of Friday evening, over 75,000 votes have been cast – that includes pre-poll votes, mobile polling in small communities, and postal votes received so far. There will be more postal votes to report.
This adds up to 53.5% of all enrolled voters. It’s 48% higher than the equivalent figure at this point in 2016. It seems certain that turnout today will be much lower than in previous elections.
Antony Green has published data on turnout levels per seat, indicating that over 60% of enrolled voters have already voted in three electorates.
Huge figures by district, early votes above 60% in three districts. With low turnout at NT elections, the early votes will represent more than 80% of all votes in some districts. Details at https://t.co/OWvspEOLM7 #ntpol #ntvotes #auspol pic.twitter.com/WRaAIc2gH6
— Antony Green (@AntonyGreenABC) August 21, 2020
I probably won’t be posting regularly through the day but you can use this post to comment on any events that happen today, and I’ll be back at 6pm (6:30pm on the Australian east coast) to cover the results.