Voters say no to leaflets

POLLS have now closed for the 2010 Federal election, with most Gladstone region voters having raced to polling centres in the morning.

Reports from volunteers at polling centres indicated the busiest time had been early in the morning, with a few workers racing to centres after 5pm as they knocked off work or were heading to work for a night shift.

Australian Electoral Commission workers were expected to start counting votes at 6pm, as doors shut at polling centres.

It is expected that the seat of Flynn take days, if not weeks, to decide.

To keep an eye on results for the electorate, and Australia, throughout the night, log on to http://vtr.aec.gov.au/.

Liberal National Party endorsed candidate Ken O'Dowd reported at lunch time that 60 cent of voters weren't taking leaflets from any party volunteers at Flynn electorate polling centres.

Mr O'Dowd,  who voted at 8am this morning before hitting the road, said most of his booth workers had reported about 60 per cent of voters were not taking leaflets from either of the major party volunteers.

Mr O'Dowd had been to polling centres in the Gladstone region, including Boyne Island, Tannum Sands, Benaraby and Calliope.

He is expected to visit polling centres in Mt Larcom, Gracemere and Mt Morgan this afternoon before heading back to Gladstone via Biloela.

"Boyne Tannum Community Centre had the largest que I've come across today," Mr O'Dowd said.

Labor's Chris Trevor has taken the opposite route, visting polling centres in Gracemere, Mt Morgan, Bouldercombe and was at Calliope when he spoke to The Observer at noon.

"I think the mood is pretty good, but it's going to be a cliffhanger," Mr Trevor said.

"That's what I'm hearing from the booth workers. I'm also getting a good reception from the people."

Mr Trevor lodged his vote at Gladstone South State School at 2.20pm this afternoon, saying he normally voted at Gladstone Central State School but there was not polling centre at the school today.

He said he chose Gladstone South because that was where he grew up.

"I usually vote with mum, but she has actually voted early due to illness," Mr Trevor said.

"My wife (Colleen) is manning the Agnes Water booth so she won't be voting with me either."

Mr Trevor was at the Boyne Tannum Community Centre at 3pm.

The Observer has received reports that the Clinton State School polling centre had a waiting time of 40 minutes this morning.

One voter reported they went straight in to vote when they went to Kin Kora State School at 9.30am.



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