Your Say - Community Preselections

The Candidates



What is a "Community Preselection"?

For more than 120 years, the Labor Party has chosen its candidates through an election of its members. Labor recognises that the way people participate in politics has changed – which is why you are invited as a member of the Newtown Community to help choose Labor’s candidate.

Voting is open to all residents of the Newtown state electorate who are not members of another political party. You do not have to be a member of the Labor Party to vote. 


How do I vote?


Everyone within the electorate of Newtown will receive a postal ballot delivered to their home address. Postal voting is open until 5.00pm, Wednesday 26 March 2014. It is advised that ballots be sent back as soon as possible to ensure your ballot arrives on time.


Cast a vote in person on Saturday 29 March 2014. Voting opens at 9.00am and closes at 5.00pm. Voting is available at the following confirmed polling booths:

Newtown Neighbourhood Centre 

1 Bedford Street
(Corner of Australia Street and King Street)
Newtown NSW 2042

Club Redfern

2/159 Redfern Street
Redfern NSW 2016

Northcott Community Centre

(Best entry point is at Devonshire Street end via Ward Park)

Surry Hills

Stanmore Public School

Cnr Cambridge and Holt Streets


Thank you to everyone who has voted in the Newtown community preselection. Online voting has now closed, but community members can still participate in the ballot by voting in person at one of the confirmed polling booths on Saturday 29 March. 


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How does it work?

Candidates in the Newtown community preselection are chosen through a weighted vote of both the local Labor members in the area and the community. Both portions of the vote are weighted at 50% of the total vote. After the final voting deadline, ballots are counted and weighted accordingly, and a winner is determined. The candidate that is selected becomes Labor's candidate for the seat of Newtown in the 2015 State election.



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