ON THE DAY
So there you are outside the polling station – usually in community halls, schools or churches from 8am to 6pm.
Here’s the plan:
1. Evade the political party volunteers handing out the biased how-to-vote cards, unless you want them of course, ignore the sausage sizzle for now and join the line to the issuing table.
2. A ballot paper official will ask you the following questions: “What is your full name?”, “Where do you live?” and “Have you voted before in this election?”
3. You’ll be pointed to a vacant booth – the green form is for the House of Representatives and the white for the Senate. 4. Go into the booth alone and read the instructions. 5. On the green House of Representatives form number your boxes in order from your first choice to last. Remember this form will determine the government and Prime Minister. 6. On the white Senate form you can either: a. Number the boxes above the line from 1 to 6 at
the very least or; b. Number the boxes of the candidates below the
line from 1 to 12 at the very least. 7. Fold the ballot papers to conceal your vote and give yourself a surreptitious pat on the back.
8. As you approach the exit, there will be two boxes for your completed ballot papers. They will be clearly marked for the House of Representatives and the Senate but officials will be on hand to assist.
9. Put each ballot paper in the appropriate box and exit the polling station.
10. Your work here is done.