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Tales from the polling booths

By breda 7 September 2013 32

So, what’s the goss about polling booths today?

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DrKoresh 12:53 pm 09 Sep 13

watto23 said :

I had one person in front of me in the queue, so is it still a queue? I went about 9am to Bonython.

Now I’m waiting for the mandate speeches, because the way i see it, the swing was towards anyone but labor, liberals and greens and it started last election and they didn’t listen.

We’ve mandated Jurassic park and the Titanic II. All hail Clive, long may he reign!

davo101 12:28 pm 09 Sep 13

JC said :

This is Australia, why on earth would we have a 100ft rule?

History; the same reason the rule is 6m….6m=20ft.

Matt_Watts 12:11 pm 09 Sep 13

Jon said :

I’m guessing there is some distance that the party hawkers can get although I have no idea what the exact distance is.

We were staffing the sausage stand at Majura PS when one of the Greens people came asking if we sold cakes. Told her that they were only available inside and she replied that she wasn’t allowed to go any closer than 6 metres (her words).

So I popped inside and bought her a chocolate brownie for her. 🙂

You are quite right, it is 6 metres.

Jon 11:25 am 09 Sep 13

I’m guessing there is some distance that the party hawkers can get although I have no idea what the exact distance is.

We were staffing the sausage stand at Majura PS when one of the Greens people came asking if we sold cakes. Told her that they were only available inside and she replied that she wasn’t allowed to go any closer than 6 metres (her words).

So I popped inside and bought her a chocolate brownie for her. 🙂

LSWCHP 6:41 pm 08 Sep 13

Deref said :

goggles13 said :

then again, when will we go to electronic voting?

Never, I hope.

The US experience shows us how vulnerable electronic voting is to hacking, particularly when it’s designed and implemented by idiots (which it always seems to be). Our system is brilliant and virtually corruption-proof. Long may it reign.

I think you should get in touch with Clive Boughton at Software Improvements. He’s a nice bloke, and he’ll be able to tell you quite a lot about how electronic voting works.

watto23 1:32 pm 08 Sep 13

I had one person in front of me in the queue, so is it still a queue? I went about 9am to Bonython.

Now I’m waiting for the mandate speeches, because the way i see it, the swing was towards anyone but labor, liberals and greens and it started last election and they didn’t listen.

Mr Evil 12:40 pm 08 Sep 13

I decided to vote at Old Parliament House in the somewhat forlorn and misguided hope that ghostly voices from the building’s past might give me some last minute inspiration for the election. Got excited when a crow called out in the courtyard, as I was sure it was Bob Hawke telling Paul Keating to go and get stuffed!

Ended up spending an hour in the queue, but I wasn’t complaining – especially when we filed past all the cartoons on display alongside the corridor of the lower ground floor and got to enjoy some classic Australian political humour.

Deref 11:12 am 08 Sep 13

goggles13 said :

then again, when will we go to electronic voting?

Never, I hope.

The US experience shows us how vulnerable electronic voting is to hacking, particularly when it’s designed and implemented by idiots (which it always seems to be). Our system is brilliant and virtually corruption-proof. Long may it reign.

JC 8:09 am 08 Sep 13

switch said :

justin heywood said :

Did anyone else notice the party hawkers a LOT closer to the polling booths today?

Yes. Wasn’t it supposed to be 100 ft (or even metres)? Has it changed?

This is Australia, why on earth would we have a 100ft rule? The distance is 100m, but only for ACT elections, for Federal, which is what we had yesterday those rules don’t apply.

TP 3000 7:24 am 08 Sep 13

As a polling assistant at St Thomas The Apostle (Kambah), we had a crowd of 30-40 when we opened at 8am. For the next little while we had a steady flow, until just before lunchtime when things died down. By 15:00 most of the 2700 odd had attended & we had one that rocked up after 18:00.

Only a couple of times members of the public made a complaint about the propaganda distributors, which from my vantage point looked to be Liberal supporters.

IrishPete 6:29 am 08 Sep 13

In my country NSW polling booth, there were just three HTV hander-outers – Liberal, Labor and Greens. Sadly, but perhaps inevitably given the childish state of Australian politics, there was some minor friction between the Liberals and the Labor people.

I also heard there were silly disputes in Bungendore.

Yes the inexperienced Labor people put their posters right at the door, and the AEC staff did not tell them to move. None of the Labor hander-outers were locals, and some of the Liberals were also from Queanbeyan. All the Greens hander-outers were local (including me). It says something when you have to bus your volunteers in (Okay, there was no bus, but you know what I mean).

The NSW Senate paper was about a metre long, and the little cardboard privacy booths were about half a metre wide. Can anyone spot the problem there?

Frankly, and although I take part in it, I think the whole HTV handing out think should be banned. It achieves nothing and it makes polling stations into circuses. If we really need “How to vote” information it should come from the AEC. And if it makes people have to think a bit harder before writing a number in a box, that would be a good thing.

Perhaps I should start a Ban The HTVs party and run for the Senate.

Given the success of the Liberal Democrats in NSW, maybe it is time to do something about the donkey vote. (They are not liberal, and they are barely democratic.) The shouldn’t get a senator in, but their preferences are going to play havoc.

IP

goggles13 6:17 am 08 Sep 13

other than having to dodge the how-to-vote people in the car park with my car, the voting process was quite painless where I went.

however, in this day and age, in some booths, the pencils should be on the left hand side to make it easier to write.

then again, when will we go to electronic voting?

breda 1:19 am 08 Sep 13

Not quite up to the high standard set by Holden Caulfield, but I should mention this.

When I got my sausage sandwich, some of the accompanying onions were burnt. “Sorry”, mumbled the hapless chef, but a confident, buxom young woman next to him assured me that they were jus ‘caramelised.’

“Caramelised”, I said – “They charge extra for that in fancy restaurants.”

He looked up at me with no expression and said: “Yeah, I been watchin’ MasterChef.”

OK, you had to be there.

But, that dry, deadpan Aussie humour is a national treasure.

BimboGeek 11:25 pm 07 Sep 13

I got three texts from Clive Palmer, but mine didn’t come through until 10:14am.

Wonder why he loves me so much?

EvanJames 10:54 pm 07 Sep 13

I voted last Monday, just after lunch. There were no sausages and since Morrisett House in Quangers is an office building, the annoying leaflet people out front didn’t know who to acost. No queues, but they need to make the booths wider to accommodate the Senate ballot papers. although they did supply magnifying glasses.

I don’t know why everyone doesn’t pre-poll. It’s easy and convenient, and if everyone did it, the parties could save our money and stop buying advertising for the last 2 weeks.

Very Busy 10:53 pm 07 Sep 13

grunge_hippy said :

He was very busy all day.

I think he was an imposter.

reepy 9:52 pm 07 Sep 13

Primal said :

Spruikers were in the same place this time as they were in 2010, from memory.

They only have to be 6m from the door in a federal election. Way too close IMHO. It would have been nice to see a chalk line.

grunge_hippy 9:32 pm 07 Sep 13

my brother, who is a BSO at a school said he had to tell several of the supporters off for climbing on the roof to put up banners and such, and that there were lots of arguments throughout the day if someone put their sign in front of someone else. He was very busy all day with their shenanigans.

screaming banshee 9:31 pm 07 Sep 13

Still managed to get around the how to voters, but rather displeased to be woken by a spam text from Clive Palmer at 6am….is this a violation of the blackout? I’d be happy to lodge a formal complaint if it is.

    johnboy 10:36 pm 07 Sep 13

    blackout applies to broadcast on public spectrum.

    Not print, not online, not phones.

Primal 8:01 pm 07 Sep 13

switch said :

Yes. Wasn’t it supposed to be 100 ft (or even metres)? Has it changed?

100m exclusion is only for territory elections. Spruikers were in the same place this time as they were in 2010, from memory.

All nice and civilised in Isabella Plains around 9am, maybe a 10 minute wait all up. The sausages hit the spot and there’s far too much of the chocolate brownie already eaten…

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