AEC data shows Australians are voting early in record time

Over 1.6 million Australians have already filled out their ballots at pre-poll centers.

A shorter pre-polling period means voters had one week less to vote early.

Locals walk the gauntlet of election posters in Wentworth's Sydney seat.
Locals walk the gauntlet of election posters in Wentworth’s Sydney seat. (AP)

But early voters have already zoomed past the 2016 numbers, even though they had an extra six days in those elections.

At this current pace, early votes should overshadow 2019 numbers by early next week.

Early voting usually gets busier as Election Day approaches. Despite the increasing popularity of early voting, most Australians still queue on Election Day itself.

With more and more votes being cast, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has pledged to change his leadership style if reelected.

Mr Morrison said in Melbourne today that the pandemic requires a different kind of leadership than it does now.

“In times of crisis, the Australians needed my protection. They needed my strength,” he said.

“In a time 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 Albanian and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during the second leaders' debate
Australian opposition leader Anthony Albanian and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during the second leaders’ debate (Alex Ellinghausen)

He explained his “bulldozer style” by quoting his wife.

“Jenny calls it the Morrison men. My dad, my brother and I go in to fix things,” he said.

“And sometimes when we go in to sort things out, people can get the impression that maybe we’re not that aware of a lot of the sensitivities that can exist around these issues.”

Election Day is now a week away.

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