Not all polling places will offer a Democratic sausage this Saturday, but a handy interactive website lets voters plan ahead to ensure they can enjoy a tasty treat while voting.
One of Australia’s favorite election traditions, the Democratic sausage, is back this weekend and should unite all Australians – no matter who you vote for.
Voters looking to enjoy a tasty treat while voting can check which voting booths will be hosting barbecues across the Democracy Sausage website.
The online interactive map uses crowdsourcing and data processing on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to confirm which stalls are holding sausage sizzles on Saturday.
The handy tool even has small icons to help voters find a wide range of options, including bacon and spring rolls, halal and vegetarian options, and coffee.
The website also includes information on the destination of the money collected.
This year, many schools and gyms will take the opportunity to raise funds, while others will donate proceeds to Lismore flood victims.
While pre-election and postal voting is on the rise, it is estimated that half of all eligible Australians will still turn out in schools, community centres, churches and public halls on election day.
Voters will receive a green ballot for the House of Representatives and a white ballot for the Senate.
For the House of Representatives, voters must number each box in the order of their candidate choice, while for the Senate, they will need to number at least six boxes above the line or 12 boxes below the line.
There will be a series of COVID-19 safety measures in place at polling stations this year, which include requiring election staff to be vaccinated and wear face masks.
There will also be physical distancing in voting booths, which the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) says could slow down the voting process.
The AEC also outlined options for Australians who find themselves isolated from COVID-19 over the final three days of voting – May 19, 20 and 21.