MALLEE and Wannon ballot papers will be finalised on Friday after nominations for the federal election closed yesterday.
Eleven people have nominated for Mallee, giving Wimmera voters almost triple the choice they had in 2010 when just four candidates stood.
It will be the first three-cornered contest of major parties in 20 years, with the Liberal, National and Labor parties all fielding candidates.
Chris Crewther has put his hand up for the Liberal Party, Andrew Broad will stand for The Nationals and Labor has nominated Lydia Senior.
Rise Up Australia's Tim Middleton, Katter's Australian Party's Vince Cirillo, United Australia Party's Mark Cory and the Australian Sex Party's Amy Mulcahy are also in the running. The Greens' Jane MacAllister, the Citizens Electoral Council's Chris Lahy and Country Alliance's Michael Coldham will also work to secure Wimmera votes.
Swan Hill taxi driver Neil Buller threw his hat in the ring as a Family First candidate on Monday.
The former police officer said Mallee would be a hard-fought contest because of the record number of candidates.
"I wanted a representative for Family First in the area because I have a great deal of concerns for the community," he said.
"My concern comes from meeting a lot of people in the taxi industry.
"We need more aged care facilities and we also need more facilities for young people who can't be looked after at home.
"It is not fair on them or their families that they are living with oldies."
Mr Buller said he would shake up the House of Representatives if elected.
"People are sick of all the bickering and I think politicians need to take a look at the people who are paying their wages," he said.
"They should treat each other with much more respect than they do.
"They need to be fighting for the good of the nation, rather than the good of the self."
Candidates will discover their ballot paper position at a draw in Mildura today.
The final formality for candidates before the September 7 election will be to choose which party to preference.
Liberal candidate Chris Crewther said preferences could have a big impact on the final outcome.
"That is why I am hoping to win the primary vote outright, without needing preferences," he said.
"We have a coalition agreement with The Nationals, so I will be preferencing them second behind ourselves.
"At the end of the day, people can make up their own mind with their preferences and vote in whatever order they want."
Labor candidate Michael Barling, Greens candidate Tim Emanuelle, the Australian Christians' Theresa Corbett and the Australian Sex Party's Chris Johnson will challenge Liberal MP Dan Tehan for Wannon.
Katter's Australian Party, Family First and Palmer's United Party have promised to contest Wannon and have until noon on Friday to announce candidates.