Record number of voters in Cowper electorate

A map of the Cowper electorate

A map of the Cowper electorate

THE FEDERAL electorate of Cowper has the highest number of eligible voters in the country.

Cowper covers 7296 sq km between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour, and takes in Nambucca Heads, Kempsey and Bellingen.

There are 124,507 people eligible to vote in the electorate, the highest number of voters in the country.

This compares to the smallest electorate in Australia, Solomon in the Northern Territory, at 69,332.

There are 64,757 female voters in Cowper compared to 59,732 male voters.

In terms of age, Cowper has the second highest number of voters in the country over 70, at 28,799.

The neighboring electorate of Lyne has the highest number of voters over the age of 70.

The average household income is $431 less than the average national income and residents with a trade certificate qualification or higher is four per cent under the national average.

Eight candidates will do battle for the Federal Election on May 18 in the seat of Cowper.

The Nationals Luke Hartsuyker held the seat from 2001 until his recent retirement.

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