AEC data shows Australians voting early at record pace

More than 1.6 million australians they have already filled out their ballots at the pre-urn centers.

A shorter pre-poll window means voters had one less week to vote early.

Locals run the gauntlet of election posters at Wentworth’s Sydney headquarters. (AP)

But early voters have already surpassed the numbers from 2016, even though they had an extra six days during that election.

At the current rate, early voting should eclipse 2019 numbers early next week.

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

As the number of votes mounts, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has vowed to change his leadership style if he is re-elected.

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

“In 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 have pursued 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” by quoting his wife.

“Jenny refers to that as the Morrison men. My father, brother and I went in and sorted things out,” he said.

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

Election day is now a week away.

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