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Today’s election – the punters speak

By rosebud - 18 October 2008 17

Pity I hadn’t logged on to Riotact to see the 100 metre piece of string debate. I might have been tempted to bring one along with me this morning, just to stir the possum.

Voting in Dickson was a very laid back, first world experience. My nuclear family walked past well mannered volunteers handing out how to vote cards who were a good 100 metres from the polling booths; citizens lining up in an orderly, yet purposeful way. Electoral officers used 21st century technology to identify me and cross me off the roll, and I voted with ease. Our local member, Andrew Barr, dressed as if for a Sunday BBQ was there, talking to the media scrum of one. And it all went very, very well.

Anyone else had other experiences today?

[ED – It will be very interesting to see if knocking out duplicated votes has any effect]

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Today’s election – the punters speak
bubzie 12:53 am 19 Oct 08

Calwell had coffee.

I rest my case.

But errgh, casey cresent, and for that matter were street are STILL plastered in signs. i love how joy burch’s ..friend? was going on here about how all of her signs have been stolen? i think they’ve all ended up in calwell today… O.o

Cameron 12:49 am 19 Oct 08

No dramas at Conder Primary – went around lunch time (timed it so the BBQ would be my lunch of course) and didn’t have to wait at all. All party volunteers were definitely 100m away and were simply sitting on the side of the road waving signs etc.

Bungle 12:29 am 19 Oct 08

There was one guy outside the 100m at Macgregor sitting in the shade. I almost yelled out at him not to bother, but he got up and headed toward me before I could say ‘no thanks’. Didn’t even see what party he was for.

No one in line either – compared to the federal election last year where I had to wait in a line of 20 or so.

jakez 12:16 am 19 Oct 08

123qwe said :

In and out in a couple of minutes at Red Hill Primary.

100m rule is a classic, those folks standing at the side of the road, desperately wanting someone to approach. No chance!

An inaccurate look into the mind of the volunteer.

Woody Mann-Caruso 9:48 pm 18 Oct 08

All smooth at Gowrie Primary. Nobody in the 100m zone. A fete-like atmosphere – sunshine, a breeze, happy people, kids running about and $3 bacon, egg and onion rolls ftw. If somebody had fairy floss it would’ve been perfect.

123qwe 9:38 pm 18 Oct 08

In and out in a couple of minutes at Red Hill Primary.

100m rule is a classic, those folks standing at the side of the road, desperately wanting someone to approach. No chance!

Mr Waffle 8:44 pm 18 Oct 08

Voted at Lyneham Primary, only problem was there was no parking ~1:30pm when the fete they were throwing was in full swing, so I went went back around 4pm on the way home and it was no problem. The 100m zone seemed to be honoured, with all the propaganda set up well away from the voting area.

PDAs seemed like a good idea, hope it was properly implemented.

Felix the Cat 8:43 pm 18 Oct 08

smee said :

Slightly bemused at the Windows Mobile PDAs being used to check the roll. Typing people’s names crouched over the desk on tiny screen with a small stylus isn’t how I’d like to spend my day but at least it didn’t crash when we were there.

The PDA thing at Curtin crashed when I went to vote this morning! I suggested to the guy that he should turn it off and then on again or if that fails throw it at the wall very hard. He said (jokingly I think) that the whole election might be null and void if he turned the gadget off, he didn’t comment about my second suggestion. I told him that would be a real shame. After a few minutes he managed to get the attention of a supervisor who immediately rebooted the gadget, but it still failed to work so she produced a replacement one that did function correctly. The original polling guy thinks that maybe because the PDA had a heart attack because I was from a different electorate.

There were no pollies at all at Curtin that I saw, which was good. The other good thing was that there were some yummy homemade cupcakes for sale in the foyer, I think they were raising money for the school.

Ian 8:30 pm 18 Oct 08

The party touts were well inside 100m at St Matthews in Page – 30 metres. When I asked they claimed that the election official in charge had decided that the school boundary was the line the touts weren’t allowed to cross.

magella 7:25 pm 18 Oct 08

Hassle-free voting experience at Watson. I especially liked it when my dog cocked his leg on the liberal placard out the front of the primary school.

BerraBoy68 7:12 pm 18 Oct 08

Holden Caulfield said :

The biggest let down was there was no BBQ for a breakfast fry up.

Oh, and HC – we were offering teh lot, bacon and eggs (cooked to order), sausages, etc..

One other thing I noticed at St Thomas this morning were the 20-30 people queuing-up about an hour, yes… an HOUR! before the polls opened. I thought this quite odd. They loved the BBQ breakfast though!

BerraBoy68 7:09 pm 18 Oct 08

I worked at the obligatory school fund-raising BBQ at St Thomas The Apostle in Kambah all day and saw it all. Zed being ordered to leave the 100mtr zone was a highlight as was the mandatory wedding party that thinks it’s ‘unique’ to go and vote in full wedding attire. I’ve done this ‘school fund-raising BBQ on Election Day’ thing long enough to know that nothing is truly unique. Having said that, I thought the PDAs were great! The Greens would have been extremely happy with the lack of paper used.

After talking to the polling booth staff this evening the only drama at St Thomas was a bloke that got the sh*ts at not filling out the form right and screwed up his form only to put it in his pocket. Apparently this is ‘No-No’ and an argument with polling booth staff ensued when he tried to take the scrunched up ballot paper out of the polling booth with him. BTW: He lost the argument.

smee 5:30 pm 18 Oct 08

Nice hassle free experience at Urambi Primary School, Kambah as well. The entire carpark was within the 100m exclusion zone which made it a *much* nicer experience. Arrived just before midday and didn’t have to wait at all.

Slightly bemused at the Windows Mobile PDAs being used to check the roll. Typing people’s names crouched over the desk on tiny screen with a small stylus isn’t how I’d like to spend my day but at least it didn’t crash when we were there.

Holden Caulfield 5:20 pm 18 Oct 08

It was a very casual voting experience at the Scout Hall off Hovea St in O’Connor too. There was not one how to vote nutbag at all, an extremely welcome change.

The biggest let down was there was no BBQ for a breakfast fry up.

SamMcKeon 4:47 pm 18 Oct 08

Very quiet down at Aranda. Interesting to see the administrators using PDAs to mark the roll. No spam within 100 metres of the entrance which was nice, Banambila St didn’t fair so well!

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