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Independent takes top spot on ballot draw for New England, One Nation takes it for Hunter

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The Federal Election is another step closer with the official ballot draw taking place today across the country.

In the New England seat the draw was done at the Armidale Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) office and saw Independent Natasha Ledger take out the first position on the paper. 

Incumbent MP Barnaby Joyce will be up against three independents in total; Rob Taber who took 7th spot, and Adam Blakester who took position 6. 

Filling in the gaps are Julie Collins for the Christian Democratic Group in second, Yvonne Langenberg for Labor in third, Barnaby Joyce in fourth, Tony Lonergan for the Greens in fifth - this is Tony's second tilt at politics this year after running in the NSW Election - and lastly Cindy Anne Duncan drew the eighth spot with the United Australia Party.

In the Hunter seat, the One Nation candidate Stuart Bonds was drawn in the first position on the ballot paper.

The Nationals candidate Josh Angus drew second place, this isn't his first tilt at politics this year either after standing for the Cessnock seat at the NSW Election. 

Animal Justice Party's James Murphy drew third, Paul Davies for the United Australia Party fourth, The Greens Janet Murray fifth, Richard Stretton drew sixth - also his second tilt this year - for the Christian Democratic Party, the incumbent Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon seventh and lastly Max Boddy for the Socialist Equality Party drew eighth. 

The country heads to the polls on May 18.

Image credit: AEC https://www.aec.gov.au/election/candidates.htm