ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr was out early this morning to cast his vote at North Ainslie Primary School, baby nephew in tow, choosing an egg and bacon roll over the traditional democracy sausage afterwards.
“At least one vote,” the Labor Leader quipped to the hordes of cameras on hand as he placed his paper in the ballot box.
See our video coverage of the leaders’ election day morning below
Greens Leader Shane Rattenbury and Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson did their freedom snags duty, though: Mr Rattenbury before he voted at Ainslie Primary and Mr Hanson afterwards, at St Jude’s Primary School in his home suburb of Holder.
Mr Barr arrived on foot, holding hands with his partner Anthony as he walked into the school grounds. Accompanying them were Mr Barr’s brother Ian and his family as well their parents.
Mr Rattenbury voted with his fellow Greens candidates for Kurrajong, Rebecca Vassarotti and Jill Thomsen, before chatting with voters and buying some goodies from the cake stall.
The Greens Leader apologized to electoral staff about the several journalists and camera crews that followed him through the polling booth.
“Creating a bit of a circus here, sorry about that,” he said.
Mr Barr skipped the cake stall, making a beeline instead for the coffee machine before addressing media outside the school.
Mr Hanson, who arrived with wife Fleur and son Robbie in their SUV, also bought some baked goods from the cake stall at St Jude’s before hoeing into a democracy sausage with gusto for the cameras.
He asked Fleur whether she had voted for him as they walked towards the ballot box.
“I did. I put you at number one,” she said.
“I’ve got two votes then,” he joked.
All three were in good spirits, buoyed by the stunning sunny weather in Canberra today.
Pictured are Andrew Barr with his family at North Ainslie Primary School; Shane Rattenbury and Jill Thomsen buying goodies from a cake stall at Ainslie Primary School; and Jeremy Hanson enjoying his democracy sausage. Photos: Chester Ward
Mr Barr and family arrive to vote:
Mr Barr votes:
Mr Barr’s press conference after voting:
Mr Rattenbury votes:
Mr Rattenbury at cake stall:
Mr Hanson votes:
Mr Hanson at cake stall:
Mr Hanson’s press conference:
Mr Rattenbory’s final pre-election press conference yesterday: