AN estimated 362,000 Tasmanians will attempt to wrangle a 90-centimetre long Senate ballot paper today as they cast their vote in the federal election.
By lunchtime Friday 21,500 people had already lodged their vote at a pre-polling station and another 22,700 sent in postal votes.
Tasmanian seats have been carefully watched in this year's hotly contested election as polls predict a conservative victory in almost every electorate.
Polling booths opened at 8am today and close at 6pm sharp.
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Tasmanian candidates have already started to make their appearances at polling booths, and this is what they had to say:
Lucy Landon-Lane (Bass, Greens): I'm just pleased we've got to election day, we've run a good campaign, we're here and there's no more waiting.
Geoff Lyons (Bass, Labor): I know I've done all the work I can and now it's really just up to the people. I think Mr Abbott has been in Bass because he's worried about not winning it. He wouldn't have been here 14 times if he thought Bass was a safe Liberal seat. So that's a good indicator that it's close.
Andrew Nikolic (Bass, Liberal): It's been a long road , two years and two months of effort, and I'm pleased to get a decision on my future today. Certainly the feedback I'm getting from people is that they're sick and tired of the double-whammy of Labor-Green government. There is that old cliche that the only poll that counts is the one that we're participating in today, so I'll just be very keen to see where my future takes me this evening.
Dick Adams (Lyons, Labor): My booth people told me things are going well, I'm quite confident that I'll be returned. I'm travelling all around the electorate today and hope to vote at Longford at 4pm.
Eric Hutchinson (Lyons, Liberal): I'm feeling apprehensive - we've got an enormous margin in a seat that's been held by a member for 20 years. It's a huge task we've set ourselves. I've been optimistic about my chances for some time now. I feel satisfied we couldn't have done any more, the numbers say it is not easy to achieve.
Brett Whiteley (Braddon, Liberal): It's been a positive day. I'm in Smithton now, I've visited about 25 polling booths just for a short time to thank my volunteers and say hello to those that have been in the lines. We're feeling good, we're getting a good response but who knows, I think it's going to be close. Hopefully we will get a result in our favour, but we don't know.
Peter Whish-Wilson (Senate, Greens): I'm feeling really confident as we've run a good campaign. I've been campaigning since the day I started in the senate just over 12 months ago. We've got some strong messages and people want their politicians to stand for something in this electorate. People may not agree with us, but they know what the Greens stand for and I think that's going to count today.
Julie Collins (Franklin, Labor)
Tasmanian Minister Julie Collins has cast her vote this morning at a polling booth on Hobart's eastern shore.
She was joined by her husband Ian, two sons and 19-year-old daughter Georgie, who was voting for the first time.
Ms Collins, who holds the seat of Franklin by a margin of 10.8 per cent said she was confident voters would make the right choice.
She will spend the day delivering sandwiches to volunteers at polling booths across the Franklin electorate.
Andrew Wilkie (Denison, independent)
Denison independent MHR Andrew Wilkie said he's reasonably confident of retaining his seat, but said it was unlikely any candidate in Dension would return a clear majority of votes tonight.
"I'm hoping that things are clear enough so that someone can declare tonight and we don't have to wait days and days like last time," Mr Wilkie said.
Mr Wilkie cast his vote at Glenorchy Primary School just before midday today and will stay at the school handing out how to vote cards until the polls close at 6pm.
"I want to get every vote I can, even if it's a number two, I think the seat will probably he decided on those number twos and number threes," he said.
He thanked the army of volunteers that helped in in his campaign, and said they had managed a presence equal to or greater than that of the major parties.
Mr Wilkie said it was not in the public interest for Coalition, which appears set for a landslide victory, to control the senate as well.
"I don't care if it's red or blue: we need a compassionate government in Canberra and one that will look after Tasmanians," he said.
SENATOR Christine Milne made a final plea to voters this morning, describing a vote for the Greens as ''a break on the excesses of an Abbott Government''.
Before voting herself, Senator Milne positioned the Greens as best placed to control the balance of power in the Senate.
''People are seeing that Tony Abbott is likely to be the Prime Minister, and it would be a shocking thing if he got control of the Parliament,'' Senator Milne said.
Greens candidate for Denison Anna Reynolds joined Senator Milne to cast their ballots this morning.
The Greens polled 11.8 per cent at the 2010 election but Senator Milne said her goal wasn't to beat the overall vote but hold and add to the Greens Senate seats and the sole House of Representatives seat of Melbourne, held by Adam Bandt.
''Adam's team doorknocked 10,500 houses last weekend alone, an extraordinary achievement,'' Senator Milne said.