Australia Tasmanian election: Liberals hoping to retain majority government as voters head to the polls

21:50  03 march  2018
21:50  03 march  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

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Tasmania 's political leaders join thousands of other people casting their votes at polling booths to elect the next state government .

The Liberals under premier Will Hodgman have won a second term in the Tasmanian state election . The Liberals will form a second consecutive majority government in Tasmania The Liberal vote climbed from 41% in January to 46-48% in February polls , with an actual result of 50%.

More than a third of Tasmania's population will be heading to the polling booths today.© ABC News More than a third of Tasmania's population will be heading to the polling booths today. After five long weeks of vigorous campaigning from 109 candidates across the state, about 330,000 Tasmanians will today head to the polls to cast their vote.

Polling places will open from 8:00am (AEDT) at 268 venues around the state, from King Island to Southport.

The Premier Will Hodgman is aiming to become only the second Liberal premier to win consecutive majority government.

The Liberals currently hold 15 seats in Tasmania's 25-seat House of Assembly.

Mr Hodgman will need to win 13 seats to keep his majority, ensuring the party's legislation can make it through the Lower House.

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The 2018 Tasmanian state election was held on 3 March 2018 to elect all 25 members of the Tasmanian House of Assembly. The four-year incumbent Liberal government , led by Premier Will Hodgman, won a second consecutive term.

Labor leader Rebecca White is hoping to become the youngest-ever premier at age 35, beating former Labor premier Doug Lowe by mere months.

The party suffered a historic loss at the 2014 election after 16 years at the helm, and won only seven seats.

If Labor wants to govern in its own right, it would need to pick up six seats across the state.

The first results are expected to roll in at 6:30pm, half an hour after polls close.

About 50,000 Tasmanians chose to vote early, using pre-polling services.

Tasmania is the last state in Australia to still offer a public tally room, where votes are displayed on a big screen in real time.

It is expected that each of the leaders of the three Parliamentary parties will speak at the tally room podium later in the night.

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