#NSWVotes: Polls open in ‘closest state election in decades’

VOTING is underway in New South Wales in what is tipped to be one of the state’s closest elections in decades.

Voting opened at more than 2200 polling booths across New South Wales at 8am on Saturday.

More than four million people are expected to head out and cast their vote before booths close at 6pm. Over 1.3 million people have already made their decision and voted early.


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Current premier Gladys Berejiklian cast her vote at Willoughby Public School just before 9am.

She’s seeking to become the state’s first ever popularly-elected female premier.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday morning, Ms Berejiklian conceded the race to victory would be tight.

“It is going to be a tight race but it is up to the people of NSW to decide,” she told reporters outside the school.

“I hope they will decide to allow my government to continue to take NSW forward and provide a strong budget, a strong economy and not allow us to go backwards.”

With the Liberal-Nationals holding 52 seats in the lower house, Ms Berejiklian will need to only lose six seats to relinquish her majority of the 93-seat chamber, while Labor will need to pick up 13 seats to clinch an outright majority.

Labor leader Michael Daley started his day with a meat pie and strawberry milk at Matraville, in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, before casting his vote at Chifley Public School.

Speaking to Seven’s Sunrise, Mr Daley said he and his team have listed to people in every corner of the state.

“That is the difference between chaotic government,” Mr Daley said.

“We like and listen to people. We will put people first.”

Polling booths close at 6pm on Saturday.

For more information on the candidates, and where and how to vote, click here.

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