The delicious waft of singeing snags. The eager party faithful pushing 'how to vote’ cards into your hands. The pleading of desperate pollies for our support… It could only be election time! But here's what you need to know before you head to the polls.
You don’t need ID to cast your vote
If you’ve lost your wallet, never fear. You can still make your voice heard (but you probably won’t be able to afford the sausage sizzle).
It’s going to take a bit of time this year
There have been some changes to the ballots since the last federal election. This time round, for the lower house, you have to number all the boxes (yep, it’s boring but at least your vote will be valid) and for the Senate you need to number size above the line or 12 below the line.
Don’t worry about making a mistake
You can always ask for another voting form if you change your mind/accidentally vote for the Australian Sex Party.
The scrutineers know how to make their own fun
We are reliably informed that scrutineers make informal bets on how many penises will be drawn on ballot forms.
Do your sausage sizzle research!
Google Earth has come to the rescue this year to ensure you won’t have to cast your vote hungry. Click here for “live sausage data coming hot off the barbie” so you can find out in advance which polling places will be cooking up a storm.