Election for two MLC seats

MORE than 25,000 West Tamar residents will head to the polling booths today to vote in the 2014 Legislative Council election.

Voters in the seat of Rosevears and the southern seat of Huon will cast their ballot paper for the third time within a year.

Two candidates are running head-to-head to represent Rosevears in the house of review.

Tasmanian Electoral Commissioner Julian Type said he was "hopeful of a high turnout".

About 1500 postal votes had been requested, and almost 2000 early votes were submitted on Thursday.

Mr Type said he expected that figure to "go through the roof"' by yesterday.

"It's a big turnout with early voting," he said.

Mr Type said more than 15 per cent of Rosevears voters had already cast their ballot paper by yesterday.

Tasmania's upper house elections attract about 10 per cent less voters than state elections.

"It's true that the turnout at Legislative Council elections is lower than House of Assembly elections," Mr Type said.

Mr Type said this was because the whole state didn't go to the election at the same time.

"In Launceston if you walked down the street today, only one in three people would be required to vote," he said.

Those who forget to vote today may be slapped with a $26 fine.

"We write to people who don't vote and ask them for their reason for not voting," Mr Type said.

The voting process will be much quicker than the March state election, particularly in Rosevears with only two numbers to mark on the ballot paper.

Mr Type said voter cards had been sent out, which also made the process smoother.

He said queues were not expected, and those attending Agfest could vote on site.

While there won't be a tally room, results will be posted progressively on the TEC website, and results could be known by as early as 7.30pm today.

If it's close, postal votes may need to be counted which could stretch the wait up to 10 days.

Polls are open from 8am to 6pm.


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