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Victorian Election 2014: The regions vote

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6pm: Nine News/Galaxy exit poll is suggestinga narrow ALPvictory.

The initial results are our from our exclusive #9News Galaxy poll. #VicVotes#9Newspic.twitter南京夜网/shB06BZw1b

— Nine News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) November 29, 20143.20pm: The Greens open ticket story develops.

Local greens telling me the decision to run an open ticket was not theirs & they are blaming Greens HQ! #vicvotes

— Philip Dalidakis (@philipdalidakis) November 29, 20142.30pm:The Greens are running open tickets in key marginal seats, angering Labor, which has accused the Greens of helping the Napthine government.

Open tickets are how-to-vote cards that have no instruction to voters about where to allocate preferences.

Greens preference flows help Labor win in some marginal seats.

Greens state director Larissa Brown said that in two-thirds of the 88 lower house seats the party had preferenced Labor ahead of the Liberals.

But she said in the other seats local branches had decided to run open tickets. Read more.

2.18pm:Geoff Ablett, the Liberal trying to oust Labor’s Jude Perera inCranbourne, says some voters have told him they would vote Laborbecause they disliked the Abbott government’s budget.Mr Ablett, the mayor of the City of Casey and a former Hawthornpremiership player, said he had detected voters at the booths he hadvisited were leaning towards Labor.

“I know that some changes need to be made federally because you can’tkeep going further into the debt, but that has repercussed to peoplewho have said to me, ‘I’m not voting for you because of federalgovernment cutbacks’,” Mr Ablett said while campaigning at CourtenayGardens Primary School on Saturday.

2.10pm:

Four hours down and things are going well. Not sure about the process? Look for someone dressed like this #VicVoteshttp://t.co/jpDQTxIURJ

— VEC (@electionsvic) November 29, 2014 Premier Denis Napthine and wife Peggy submit their votes at a Port Fairy polling booth. Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

1.50pm: It’sbeen a day of snags and smiles for Denis Napthine as the premier road-tripshis way around the South West Coast electorate to greet voters.

The Premier planned out anentire day travelling across south-west Victoria, spending the morning in Heywood, Yambuk and Portland before voting at Port Fairy alongside his neighbours and supporters.

Take a glimpse at his day here.

1.35pm: Never underestimate the power of the humblesanga sandwich…

I arrived to find long queue AND no #SausageSizzle so I changed my preferences & walked to the next suburb #vicvotespic.twitter南京夜网/EQCITSXQKb

— esurientes (@esurientes) November 29, 201412.55pm:An exit poll by theBendigo Advertiseris predicting aLabor victory.

The Addy has polled 50 people leaving the main polling booth in Bendigo Town Hall to get a feel for how the vote might go today.

Here’s theresults from those 50 votes:

Labour 27 votes (54 per cent)

Liberal 11 votes (22 per cent)

Greens 5 votes (10 per cent)

Animal Justice 5 votes (10 per cent)

Nationals 1 vote (2 per cent)

Sex Party 1 vote (2 per cent)

Voters said knowledge of the political leaders,promises toimprove townsand family voting traditions had influenced their decisions.

A small sample – yes – but will this ring true by night’s end?

12.42pm:The perils of politics…

I wonder how many snags @DanielAndrewsMP & @Vic_Premier will have to eat today so not to offend any schools? #vicvotes#springst

— Alana Schetzer (@schetzer) November 29, 201411.30am:A quickvote in the state election followed by a road-trip to Lorne for schoolies celebrations.

That was the plan for first time voter Josie Whiteford, 18, of Nerrina, on Saturday.

The recently graduated Loreto College student andself-confessed ‘greenie’ spoke toThe Courierat Black Hill Primary School and saidshe had been looking forward to her first vote for some time. Hear her thoughts here.

Josie Whiteford

10.30am:What’s been promised for Bendigo in this election? Check out the recap here.

Spoilt for choice in #castlemaine today #vicvotespic.twitter南京夜网/Jnmko3IMHa

— David Stretch (@DaveStretch) November 28, 20149.30am:Fantastic cartoon in The Standard in Warrnambool today. South-West Victorians have been wooed by an unprecedented election cash splash, with the Coalition pledging nearly $120 million to the South West Coast, compared with $5 million from Labor. It’s the biggest for an election campaign in the Western District.

9am:In Ballarat, the seats of Ripon, Wendouree and Buninyong will be crucial to Daniel Andrews or Denis Napthine winning the election.

The Coalition is expected to take Ripon, also a marginal seat, from Labor but the ALP is favoured to win Buninyong, which takes in the majority of the former seat of Ballarat East held by Labor member Geoff Howard since 1999.

Victorian Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews and Premier Denis Napthine.

8.30am:Welcome to Fairfax Regional’s coverage of Victorian Election day 2014. We will bring you updates throughout the day from Fairfax newspapers across Victoria. To kick off, here’s a video on how to vote from the Victorian Electoral Commission.

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