Hunter Byelections Prepoll Starts This Week!

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Newcastle and Charlestown by-elections began their pre-poll and iVote yesterday and remains open till the 24th October, Friday. Meet Labor's candidates Tim Crakanthrop for Newcastle and Jodie Harrison for Charlestown.

You can cast your votes at returning offices located at

  • Newcastle - Darby St, Cooks Hill.
  • Charlestown - Shop 5, 158 Pacific Highway, Charlestown.

It is possible to vote for either electorate at both locations. Opening hours are

  • 8am - 6pm on weekdays
  • 9am - 5pm on Saturday
  • 8am - 8pm on Thursday, October 23.
  • Offices are closed in Sundays.

You can also cast a postal vote. Application forms can be downloaded from the Electoral Commission website or requested via the phone at 1300 135 736.

Australian citizens residing in the State District of Newcastle and Charlestown, 18 years of age or older are to enrol and vote in this by-election by Saturday, 25 October 2014.