AEC data shows Australians vote early at record pace

More than 1.6 million australians have already filled in their ballots at the pre-voting centres.

A shorter pre-voting window means voters have a week less to vote early.

Residents run the election poster challenge at Wentworth Headquarters in Sydney.
Residents run the election poster challenge at Wentworth Headquarters in Sydney. (AP)

But early voters have already surpassed 2016 numbers, despite having six more days during the election.

At this current pace, early votes are expected to eclipse 2019 numbers by early next week.

Early voting tends to get busier the closer to election day. Despite the growing popularity of early voting, most Australians still queue up on Election Day itself.

As the polls grow in numbers, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has vowed to change his leadership style if he is re-elected.

Speaking in Melbourne today, Morrison said the pandemic required a different kind of leadership than it does now.

“At a time of crisis, (Australians) needed my protection. They needed my strength,” he said.

“In a moment of opportunity, they need my encouragement, they need my facilitation, they need my enthusiasm to ensure that the policies we continue to enable them to meet their aspirations.”

Australian opposition leader Anthony Albanese and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during the second leaders debate
Australian opposition leader Anthony Albanese and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during the second leaders debate (Alex Ellinghausen)

He explained his “excavator style” citing his wife.

“Jenny refers to them as Morrison’s men. My dad, brother and I went in and fixed things,” he said.

“And sometimes when we go to fix things, people can get the impression that maybe we’re not as aware of a lot of the sensitivities that can be around these issues.”

Election day is now a week away.

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