The Northern Star polled online readers to get a feel for the community's vote ahead of the State Election next month.
The Northern Star polled online readers to get a feel for the community's vote ahead of the State Election next month. NSW Electoral Council

Here's who you think will become the next Ballina MP

BALLINA MP Tamara Smith has narrowly taken out first place in a Northern Star informal poll, which asked readers who they were voting for at the next NSW State election.

After a flourish of votes were submitted within 15 hours before the polls closed at 6am on Friday, the incumbent member's polling numbers received a boost from 20 per cent to the final 39 per cent, landing her in the top position to retain her seat at the March 23 election.

While this poll is solely based off the data of the 361 people who chose to vote, the poll revealed coming in a close second place would be Nationals candidate Ben Franklin (31 per cent), followed by Labor candidate Asren Pugh (26 per cent) and finally Animal Justice candidate Cathy Blasonato rounded out the poll with 2 per cent of the vote.

 

Northern Star readers voted for who they want to win the seat of Ballina at the March 23 election.
Northern Star readers voted for who they want to win the seat of Ballina at the March 23 election. Aisling Brennan

Despite the initial surge in support for Mr Franklin, which saw him sitting at 46 per cent mid-week, the last-minute support for Ms Smith could be seen at the polling booths on March 23, allowing the current MP to return to power for her second-term.

The Northern Star recognises there's a lot of people who didn't vote in the online poll and the result on March 23 could be different.

This poll is not a scientific poll and voters were asked to only cast one vote each.

The online poll opened at noon Monday, February 19 and closed at 6am Friday, February 22.