New England federal election: Where and when you can vote early in New England

Eight candidates have put their hand up for the seat of New England, including incumbent Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce, independents Adam Blakester, Rob Taber and Natasha Ledger, Labor's Yvonne Langenberg, the Greens' Tony Lonergan, United Australia Party's Cindy Duncan and Christian Democrats' Julia Collins.

Pre-polling opens: where and when you can vote early

THE first votes for the upcoming election are expected to be cast today, with a pre-polling both opening in Armidale's CBD. It's the first early-voting centre in the electorate, and will be open from 8.30am on most weekdays right up until election day on May 18.