Election day may be more than two weeks away, but keen Throsby and Gilmore voters came out in force as early voting booths opened yesterday.
About 100 people had voted at the Warilla polling centre by 1pm, staff said.
Early voting is available for people who are travelling, working, seriously ill, due to give birth or will be outside their electorate on polling day.
Those with religious beliefs that prevent them from attending, are in prison serving a sentence of less than three years, or have reasonable fears for their safety can also vote early.
Of the 10 random voters polled by the Mercury at Warilla about 1.30pm yesterday, four revealed they voted Labor, two voted Liberal and one voted Greens.
Three of the people polled did not reveal their vote.
Shellharbour's Matt Billett, who voted for the first time yesterday, said he found the experience good but confusing.
"I had no idea what I was really doing," he said.
The 19-year-old said he voted for Labor because "Kevin Rudd is just cooler".
Greens' candidate for Throsby Peter Moran spent several hours handing out how-to-vote cards at the Warilla centre yesterday, and said he thought voters seemed polite and well informed.
"People seem more informed about this election than in previous years and seem to be taking more of an interest in politics, which I would put down to the conduct of the last Parliament," he said.
Kiama Liberal councillor Kellie Marsh, who was campaigning for Gilmore candidate Ann Sudmalis, agreed voters were "more switched on" this year.
Despite the Mercury's exit poll, Ms Marsh said she believed her party had "hit the ground running" in the Gilmore electorate.
By 2pm, none of the small party or independent candidates had sent any campaigners to the booth.
The Warilla early voting centre for Throsby and Gilmore voters will remain open until 6pm, Friday, September 6.
Wollongong's Burelli Street electoral office will be open for early voters from Monday.