Polling booths have closed across the nation’s capital as the count begins to see who will be part of the new Federal Government of Australia.
Hundreds of thousands of Canberrans took to their local polling booths, with over 12,000 voters turning out at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) to cast their vote.
The Australian Electoral Commission super booth at MoAD was a big hit as both local and interstate voters cast their votes at the spiritual home of Australian democracy, Old Parliament House.
MoAD Director Daryl Karp said: “This iconic building is a huge drawcard for voters because it’s a chance for them to be part of democracy in action in the very place where decisions that shaped our nation were made”.
Incumbent Liberal senator Zed Seselja spent the morning setting up stalls at his old school St Thomas the Apostle primary school in Kambah, before casting his own vote and enjoying a democracy sausage.
Labor Senate candidate Katy Gallagher, with her daughter in tow, took to the polling booths at Lyneham Primary School to cast her vote, where she was joined by Canberra’s Labor candidate Alicia Payne and her young family.
ACT Greens Senate candidate Dr Penny Kyburz and Greens candidate for Canberra Tim Hollo welcomed voters at Lyneham High School, where Mr Hollo’s kids go to school, before he cast his vote.
Independent Senate candidate Anthony Pesec spent the day at Ngunnawal Primary School meeting and greeting voters.
Stay tuned to Region Media for rolling coverage of the election.