Saturday, November 24, 2007

Election Day


0711 election day
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
The federal election is finally on today, after weeks of ads and kissed babies and some very funny articles by Annabel Crabb in the SMH (search smh.com.au for her work - today's Ruddbot piece is good fun).

At the local polling booth, I collected how to vote cards from everyone there (it's a thankless job and I'm not giving any hints) and (environmentally) returned them all after voting.

You can number just once above the line on the Senate tablecloth, I mean voting paper, or number 1-79 below. Yup, I did 1-79, which gives you some interesting dilemmas about which of the minor parties you find least objectionable. Not a paper that a boothworker/counter or scrutineer will love, but there you are. I don't like my preferences being dictated by others.

It will be interesting to see the result tonight - interesting precisely because it's not a sure thing either way.

3 comments:

Brenda said...

As a committed, vote below the line advocate, I did 1-79 too. However, it felt very absurd after about 22 and it was quite a relief to get to 79 and find that I had not miscounted...

Nola said...

And isn't it turning out to be an interesting election? I, of course, am in Bennelong...

And like you, I number below the line and am faced at the end with several groups I'd prefer not to cast a vote for at all, even at 78 and 79.

candyschultz said...

Lucky you guys. Sounds like you have a much better leader now. I count the days to November '08.