NINE candidates will face voters when we go to the polls to elect a new member for Lyne on September 7.
The nine are, in order on the ballot paper, John Klose, Christian Democratic Party; Craig Huth, One Nation; Brian Buckley-Clare, Katter's Australia Party; Peter Alley, Country Labor; Ian Oxenford, The Greens; David Gillespie, The Nationals; Troy Wilkie, Palmer United; Michael Gough, Citizen Electoral Council; and, Steve Attkins, the sole independent candidate.
Mr Klose, who could not attend the draw, said in a press release that he was keen to see a change in the political landscape.
Mr Huth said he was happy to be positioned near the top of the ballot paper.
"First or second are the best spots," he said. "This is a late start for me and I will be very rushed for the next few weeks."
Mr Gough said he was "good as gold" about his chances in the election and expected a busy period campaigning while the Palmer United candidate, Troy Wilkie, said it didn't matter to him where he was positioned on the ballot paper.
Old Bar's Mr Buckley-Clare said his focus was on creating jobs to get the economy moving.
The Nationals' David Gillespie said the ballot draw was 'democracy' but he was getting a clear message in his campaigning that people want a change of government.
Labor's Peter Alley said his party was the only side investing in regional Australia.
"I'm just happy to be on the ballot. We are investing in regional areas through education and the NBN," he said.
The Greens' Ian Oxenford said the campaign had been 'real for weeks' for him and the ballot draw was merely a formal opening to the election.
Independent, Steve Attkins was buoyant about his chances saying that people do not want to vote for either [major] party.
"Everyone has issues with the major parties. As an independent, I will be asking questions and getting to work on a series of programs."
Almost 100,000 voters are registered to elect a new member for Lyne.-
Divisional Returning Officer, Vicki Frost, said 97,117 voters were registered when the rolls officially closed on August 12.-
And there was a late surge to register too with 3412 enrolment transactions recorded from the announcement of the election to the close of rolls.-
Ms Frost confirmed there would be 71 polling places on election day while a number of special hospital teams would visit as many as 28 aged care facilities and hospitals as part of election process.-
Pre-poll voting is also underway at Shop 4 Manning Arcade, Manning Street, Taree and 2/86 Horton Street in Port Macquarie.