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Upper Hunter goes to the polls 

Saturday, 22 May 2021

More than 40 per cent of eligible voters have already had their say ahead of election day in the Upper Hunter State electoral district by-election.

Almost 23,000 voters have voted in-person at early voting centres, or by using postal voting or iVote, the NSW Electoral Commission’s technology assisted internet and telephone voting platform.

NSW Electoral Commissioner John Schmidt reminded electors they can cast their vote in person until 6pm on election day, Saturday 22 May.

"Voting at the by-election in the Upper Hunter today is compulsory for all enrolled residents of the Upper Hunter," he said.

"I'd encourage electors who are planning to vote in-person on election day to check our website - elections.nsw.gov.au - for a full list of voting centres.”

All voting centres will be run in line with the NSW Electoral Commission’s COVID-safe action plan. Voters are asked to maintain physical distance and check in to the voting centre using the Service NSW app. Voters can use their own pen to vote or they will be provided with a single use pen at the voting centre.


  • In-person voting at voting centres open at 8am and close at 6pm Saturday, 22 May 
  • iVote closes at 6pm Saturday, 22 May Voters who meet the eligibility requirements to use iVote need to register to vote by 1pm, Saturday 22 May.
  • Voters can check their iVote eligibility at elections.nsw.gov.au

Postal voting

  • Postal vote applications have closed.
  • Postal votes must be returned by 6pm, Wednesday 26 May.


  • Initial count results will appear on the NSW Electoral Commission's website from approximately 7pm on Saturday, 22 May.
  • Results will be progressively updated on the NSW Electoral Commission website from Sunday, 23 May throughout the week following election day.

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1300 135 736

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