Victorians to cast final electoral votes as Daniel Andrews and Matthew Guy battle for power

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Victorians will cast their final state election votes today after a campaign marked by promises of big spending and pressure on the cost of living.

By Friday night, more than 1.9 million Victorians had chosen to vote early – compared to just under 1.4 million in 2018.

Polling stations around the state will open from 8am to 6pm today, with a COVID-safe drive-through option on offer in Melbourne’s west.

Premier Daniel Andrews were among the Victorians who voted earlyand posted a photo on social media as he cast his vote with his family at a stall in the inner city.

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy is expected to vote today in his seat of Bulleen in Melbourne’s north-east.

Throughout the election campaign, both sides of politics have aimed to sharpen their election promises around rising cost-of-living pressures.

The Coalition has fought hard for its promise to cap public transport fares in Melbourne at $2 a day and halve V/Line fares – a measure it said would come into effect from early next year.

Labor has argued its promise to revive the state’s electricity commission would ultimately push electricity prices down, while at the same time spearheading investments in renewable energy.

Daniel Andrews holds his hands out while speaking at a media conference.
Premier Daniel Andrews made his third media visit to the electorate of Northcote in inner Melbourne on Friday.(AAP: Joel Carrett)

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