Keith Pitt celebrating with family and colleagues after he was re-elected to the seat of Hinkler.
Keith Pitt celebrating with family and colleagues after he was re-elected to the seat of Hinkler.

FEDERAL ELECTION: Keith Pitt wins seat of Hinkler

UPDATE 9.15PM

KEITH Pitt has retained the seat of Hinkler and has 42% of the vote on first preferences ahead of Labor's Tim Lawson on 27.4%.

One Nation's Damian Huxham is in third place with 19.5%.

42 oft the 43 booths have been counted.

On a two-party preferred basis Mr Pitt has 56.4% of the vote compared to Mr Lawson's 43.6%.

Counting continues.

UPDATE 8.15PM

WITH 38 of 43 polling places returned Keith Pitt will retain the seat he won in 2013.

He has 20,338 votes compared to Labor's Tim Lawson with 13,022 votes based on first preferences.

UPDATE 8PM

WITH 31 of 43 polling places counted the Coalition's Keith Pitt has 42% of the vote on first preferences.

Labor's Tim Lawson has 27.4% of the vote.

UPDATE 7.45PM

WITH 27 of 43 booths counted the Coalition's Keith Pitt has 41.2% of the vote on first preferences.

Labor's Tim Lawson has 27.8% of the vote followed by One Nation's Damian Huxham on 19.9%.

UPDATE 7.25PM

ON A two-party preferred basis the Coalition's Keith Pitt is on 59% ahead of Labor's Tim Lawson on 41% with 18% of the vote counted.

UPDATE 7PM

WITH 7 of 43 polling booths counted the Coalition's Keith Pitt maintains a lead with 1674 votes or 42% of the vote.

Labor's Tim Lawson is second with 1008 votes and One Nation's Damian Huxham in third with 803 votes.

 

UPDATE 6.45PM

WITH 2 of 43 polling places counted so far the Coalition's Keith Pitt has 186 votes.

One Nation's Damian Huxham is second with 124 votes with Labor in third with 78 votes.

Counting continues

UPDATE 2PM: There is just four hours left  to vote in the Federal Election with polling booths closing at 6pm.

Many voters have been upset with the time it has taken to be vote today, a lot of people waiting up to an hour to have their say.

State-of-the-art electronic electoral rolls, used in the State Election, aren't being used for the Federal Election.

Electoral workers are using old paper based rolls to check off voters.

That combined with a massive Senate voting paper are causing the delays.

Today booths at Kalkie, Bargara and others around the region had huge lines of voters while other smaller centres were not as busy.

Incumbent Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt voted at Walkervale State School and said he was quietly confident he had done enough to retain his seat.

 

 EARLIER: MORE than 29,000 Hinkler voters have headed to polling booths to cast their early vote but the Australian Electoral Commission is still expecting a massive turnout today.

Nationally, Fairfax-Ipsos poll figures suggest Labor is still within striking distance of victory, and a hung Parliament is a real risk.

Within Hinkler, the Coalition's Keith Pitt remains favourite according to Sportsbet at $1.08.

Seventy percent of the money is backing Mr Pitt to win Hinkler, with 25% of the money on Pauline Hanson's One Nation candidate Damian Huxham, who has shot up from $51 to $21 in the past week.

The remaining 5% is backing Labor's Tim Lawson who's odds have lengthened from $6 last week to $7.50 as of yesterday.

It's important to note that reforms to the way we will elect the new Senate will streamline the approach to preference selection this year.

In the past, preferences have been linked to the deals done through group voting tickets.

It is the Senate voting (white ballot) that has changed. You must either number at least six boxes above the line from 1 to 6 or at least 12 boxes below the line from 1 to 12.

You vote for candidates in the order you prefer and if your first choice has the least number of votes when tallied, he or she is eliminated from the running and your vote passes on to your second favourite, then your third choice and so on.

VOTING BOOTHS

Alloway State School

Apple Tree Creek Memorial Hall

Bundaberg Church of Christ

Bargara St Peter's Church Hall

Bundaberg East State School

Bundaberg North Progress Association Hall

Bundaberg North State School

Bundaberg South State School

Burnett Heads State School

Burrum Heads Community Hall

Childers Isis Community Stadium

Cordalba State School

Elliott Heads State School

Goodwood State School

Burrum District Community Centre

Coral Coast Christian Church

Kalkie State School

Kepnock State High School

Norville State School

Thabeban State School

Walkervale State School

Woodgate Community Hall

Woongarra State School

HINKLER

1 Keith Pitt (LNP)

2 Stephen Lynch (Family First)

3 Damian Huxham (Pauline Hanson's One Nation_

4 Robert Windred (Australian Liberty Alliance)

5 Bill Foster (Independent)

6 Tim Roberts (Greens)

7 Tim Lawson (Labor)

FLYNN

1 Richard Love (Katter's Australian Party)

2 Craig Tomsett (The Greens)

3 Nathan Fletcher (Independent)

4 Zac Beers (Labor)

5 Phil Baker (Pauline Hanson's One Nation)

6 Scott Duncan (Independent)

7 Jordan Puku (Independent)

8 Ken O'Dowd (LNP)

9 Heather Barnett (Family First)



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