Victorian election 2022 LIVE updates: VEC figures reveal one in three votes already cast as campaign enters final days

Key posts

  • A third of Victorians have cast their ballots
  • Leaders target women, cost of living
  • The campaign so far
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What to expect from the weather if you’re voting today

There’s only a slight chance of a shower in Melbourne today, so don’t worry if you intend to head to an early voting centre during your lunch break or after work and didn’t pack an umbrella.

It’ll be a top of 19 degrees, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Melbourne will be cloudy with light winds.

It’s much the same across the rest of the state. However, there is a thunderstorm risk along the eastern ranges this afternoon.

A third of Victorians have cast their ballots

More than 1.56 million Victorians have already voted ahead of Saturday’s election, the Victorian Electoral Commission says.

That includes 1.37 million ballots cast at early voting centres and 198,295 postal votes.

There are 4.39 million Victorians enrolled to vote at this election.

On another note, you can tell we’re getting closer to election day because the VEC’s Twitter account has been publishing more and more memes (presumably to encourage young people to get out and vote).

Leaders target women, cost of living

Flanked by four women, including his wife Catherine, Premier Daniel Andrews visited the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital on Wednesday to continue his attempts to woo female voters who have turned their back on Labor.

The day after the campaign’s only face-to-face debate, both major parties were making their final pitches to Victorian voters ahead of polling booths closing at 6pm on Saturday.

With Labor ahead in the polls on a two-party preferred basis, and Andrews marginally winning this election’s only debate on Tuesday night, the opposition and government targeted women and the hip pocket – the policy areas they think will make a difference.

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy fine-tuned one of his most popular ideas – vowing to bring forward by six months his plan to cap daily public transport fares at $2.

The premier, meanwhile, pledged $19 million to fund a 12-month trial to allow pharmacists to treat minor illnesses such as common skin conditions, as well as straightforward urinary tract infections – which predominantly affect women – and reissue prescriptions for the oral contraceptive pill.

Read the full recap of yesterday’s developments here.

The campaign so far

Good morning and thanks for reading our live coverage of the final week of the Victorian election campaign.

It’s Thursday, November 24. That means there’s just two days until election day.

Here’s what you need to know before we start with today’s coverage.

  • A third of Victorians have already voted in the state election, according to the Victorian Electoral Commission.
  • Premier Daniel Andrews will make an announcement in North Melbourne today. Yesterday, Labor focused on pharmacy and GP reforms.
  • Opposition Leader Matthew Guy is in Wodonga today. The Liberals are hoping to retain the local seat, Benambra, from an independent challenger who came within 2.6 per cent of winning last time (on a two-candidate-preferred basis).
  • And a regional political expert has told the ABC it’s unfortunate that there won’t be more than one COVID-safe drive-through voting centre this week. But the VEC says there wasn’t enough time to lease more than one appropriate site.
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