Illawarra voters will have plenty to choose from at the ballot box on September 7, as eleven candidates were officially declared for the seat of Throsby yesterday.
Read out alongside names from Labor, Liberals, the Greens and the Nationals at the declaration in Wollongong's electoral office yesterday were hopefuls from six small parties, including Katter's Australia Party, Palmer United Party, Fred Nile's Christian Democrats, and the Bullet Train for Australia party.
The Non-Custodial Parents Party and Democratic Labor Party are also fielding candidates.
Former South Coast Labor Council secretary Paul Matters was the only independent candidate in the seat.
Palmer United Party candidate May King's name was drawn out to appear first on ballot papers, which she said could be a sign of what was to come in her campaign.
"I believe it does and I'm really pleased - I always felt I was going to get that position for some reason," she said.
The Green's Peter Moran said he was pleased to receive the second spot on the ballot paper, because he believed any "donkey vote" preferences would flow to his party after Ms King was knocked out.
A donkey vote is when voters number the candidates from top to bottom in numerical order.
Seven candidates were announced in the safe Labor seat Cunningham, with Liberal Philip Clifford nabbing the top spot.
Asked whether he thought being No 1 on the ballot would make a difference to his campaign, the real estate agent simply said "we'll see".
University of Wollongong politics expert Anthony Ashbolt said the position of a candidate's name had the potential to have a small effect in very marginal seats, but didn't believe it would make a difference anywhere in the Illawarra.
In the 2010 election, Labor held Cunningham with a 13.2 per cent margin and Throsby with 12.1 per cent.
Gilmore is considered to be "marginal Liberal" at 5.3 per cent.
"The ballot paper numbering can count for a percentage or so, depending upon the electorate and depending upon the sort of interest there is in the electorate," he said.
Mr Ashbolt said he did not expect any of the Illawarra seats to change hands at the upcoming election.