Australia's NSW voters head to polls

09:44, August 21, 2010      

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The polls in New South Wales in southeastern Australia opened on Saturday and the voters will choose either Labor or the coalition to run the federal government during the election day.

Up to 4.6 million registered voters in New South Wales's 48 electorates will cast their vote between 8 a.m. (2200 GMT Friday) and 6 p.m. local time (0800 GMT).

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott have campaigned hard in electorates in Sydney's west and on the NSW central coast, where margins are razor thin.

Opinion polls have put Labor at just above or equal with the coalition.

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) will operate 2,677 polling stations across NSW.

Voters will be overwhelmed when voting among a record 84 candidates for the six NSW Senate seats.

A total of 14 million voters will cast their ballots on Saturday at nearly 8,000 polling stations across Australia.

More than one million Australians have already voted in the pre-polling process.



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