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Little enthusiasm as voters shuffle through polling stations

Posted by on 29/06/2018

Little enthusiasm as voters shuffle through polling stations Hamilton South Public School: Running the cake stall, Henry, Tim and mum Sarah Breusch. Picture: Brock Perks
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Hamilton South Public School: Voter Marie Reid of Merewether. Picture: Brock Perks

Susan Evans outside New Lambton South Public School.

Chris Bosworth with children Ava, 6, and Angus, 8, at New Lambton South Public School.

Assunta Martinelli at New Lambton South Public School.

Seen at Hamilton South Public School: John Robertson and Fred Nile.

Hamilton South PS: The Reverend and opposition leader John Robertson. Picture by Brock Perks.

Charlestown Public School. Picture: Simone De Peak

Charlestown Public School: Two-year-old Evelina out in support of her father, Charlestown Independent candidate Arjay Martin. Picture: Simone De Peak

Don Knott voting at Kotara High School.

Jessica Tranter, Ryan Tranter and Katie Reidy at Hamilton South Public School.

Hamilton South PS: Tim Crackanthorp the Labor candidate for Newcastle. Picture: Brock Perks

Hamilton South PS: Tim Crackanthorp the Labor candidate for Newcastle and John Robertson. Picture: Brock Perks

Hamilton South PS: Tim Crackanthorp the Labor candidate for Newcastle with from left, Cassie McLeod, Julie Robertson, John Robertson, Lara Crackanthorp. Picture: Brock Perks

Hamilton South PS: Fom left, Kirsten Molloy, Jenny Francis with son, Jack. Picture by Brock Perks.

Newcastle East Public School: Volunteer Sinade Francis-Coan with the Greens Lee Rhiannon. Picture: Brock Perks

Newcastle East Public School: Working the BBQ, school principal John Beach, Adrian Thompson and Michael Giles. Picture: Brock Perks

Newcastle East Public School: Volunteer Cheree Flanagan. Picture: Brock Perks

Newcastle East Public School: Volunteers from left, Cheng Smart, Brian Regan, Curtis Edwards and Professor Montage with Pearlie Holt. Picture: Brock Perks

Newcastle East Public School: Enjoying a cupcake Caitlin and Zoe Thompson. Picture: Brock Perks

Hamilton Public School: Sixteen-year-olds Teyan Blears and Kieren Moore hand out how-to-votes. Picture: Brock Perks

Hamilton Public School: The BBQ Quartet, from left, Michael Hayes, Heath Wild, James Cobb, Ethan, Lillian, and dad, David Perry. Picture: Brock Perks

Hamilton Public School: Kerri Atkin and Karen Mayo. Picture: Brock Perks

Charlestown Public School: Voters line up to vote. Picture: Simone De Peak

Charlestown Public School: Candidates Jodie Harrison and Jane Oakley. Picture: Simone De Peak

Charlestown Public School: Voters head into vote. Picture: Simone De Peak

Charlestown Public School: Casting her vote, Labor candidate Jodie Harrison. Picture: Simone De Peak

Charlestown Public School: Labor candidate Jodie Harrison and her husband Bruce. Picture: Simone De Peak

Charlestown Public School: Greens candidate Jane Oakley talks to Marina and Bill Topic. Picture: Simone De Peak

Charlestown Public School: Candidates from left, Jodie Harrison, Brian Tucker, Suellen Wrightson and Luke Cubis. Picture: Simone De Peak

Charlestown Public School: Clive Palmer candidate Suellen Wrightson with the Reverend Fred Nile. Picture: Simone De Peak

Charlestown Public School: Independent candidate Luke Cubis far right. Picture: Simone De Peak

Charlestown Public School: Carmel Tebbutt, Mark Powell and Steve Jones. Picture: Simone De Peak

Stockton Public School: The scene from the outside. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Stockton Public School: Voters hit the polls. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Stockton Public School: Candidate Jacqueline Haines handing out how-to-votes. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Hamilton South PS: The Greens Michael Osborne hands out flyers. Picture: Simone De Peak

Hamilton South PS: Newcastle Independent Karen Howard with Tim Roberts. Picture: Simone De Peak

Polling at the Presbyterian Church Hall, Mayfield: Volunteers, from left, Janet Mackay , Annette Chambers, Betty Knight and Wendy Birt run the craft stall. Picture: Brock Perks

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VOTERS have begun shuffling through polling stations across Newcastle and Charlestown as the two seats cast reluctant votes to replace Tim Owen and Andrew Cornwell.

The byelections, which come just five months before the general state election in 2015, were failing to generate any excitement or passion as voters lined up to quickly get it out of the way.

In the line to vote, outside the Adamstown polling spot.

Slipping through the line of colourful shirts at one of the byelections’dual polling places on Brunker Road, one voter was followed to the line with demands of “Newcastle or Charlestown?”.

Confirming she was in the Lake Macquarie seat, she was congratulated as the how-to-votes were handed over.

“You get less to carry inside,” one candidate supporter reassured her.

► Live byelections blog from 5pm: Join the Herald online for updates, news and the result.

As thestriking red shirts of several Labor volunteers swoopedaround voterChris Summergreene, headmitted tolosing faith in the major parties which had prompted him to stump for an independent.

Volunteer: Chris Summergreene.

“Last time we had an independent we got the yacht club in town, ” Mr Summergreene said.

“Newcastle needs a boost.”

After 30 years as a Labor supporter, Tom Gorsevski simply had to cross the street on Saturday to reach his post and back his chosen candidate.

“I get up early and set things up,” Mr Gorsevski said.

But while the dedication shines through from volunteers backing every independent or party, the voters seem less intrigued.

After following Newcastle’s campaign, Kay Sneddon was surprised to discover she was a Charlestown voter.

Outside New Lambton South Public School.

Ms Sneddon, who was voting early so she could enjoy the sunshine at Jazz in the Vines, said she wasn’t convinced a byelection was warranted so close to March’s general state poll.

“I think it’s a waste of money,” she said.

“We haven’t had a representative since June, I think we should just wait a few more months.”

Ms Sneddon said she was undecided who she would vote for but it would “probably be an independent”.

Lining up in Adamstown.

Postman Bruce Cooke said he believed the events that sparked the byelection were important enough for the poll, which he attended early “to get it out of the way”.

Mr Cooke said the rail line and east end building heights would decide his vote.

“People are a little bit annoyed I think by what’s happened,” he said.

“It’s an election we didn’t have to have.”

After finding her usual polling place shut for the byelection,Assunta Martinelli said she was worried about the elderly in the heat if they made the same mistakes.

Ms Martinelli said she was pleased to cast her vote.

“I don’t feel as though it’s a waste of time, it’s just given us an opportunity to say what we feel.”

“We’re very blessed.”

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