Record numbers are expected to turn out to Australia House London on the last Federal Eection polling day for ex-pats.
20 August 2010
Australia House London receiving record numbers for federal election voting
The Australian High Commission in the UK is breaking records as the busiest polling station for the federal elections.
Australian House London, the home of the high commission, is expected to see some 16,000 ex-pats cast their vote today before the polls close at 10pm tonight.
Up to 200,000 Australians live in London and the Australian High Commission has had the polling booth open for 11 days to allow voting.
The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has reported that already 1.8 million votes have been cast via post or in pre-polling centres – 230,000 more votes compared to the same time last election. The AEC expects more than 11 million votes will visit the polls tomorrow in Australia.
Latest polls show current Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who ousted Kevin Rudd to take power in June, in a very close run with challenger Tony Abbott.
If the Welsh-born Gillard wins the election she would be the first woman to be elected in her own right as prime minister in Australian history.
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