It’s been more than three months since tomorrow’s double dissolution election was first flagged and almost three whole years since the last federal election, so it’s fair to say a few of us might need a quick refresher on how to make the most of our democratic rights.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a little how-to guide for election day, with everything you’ll need to know from where to go to cast your vote to filling in your ballot paper to getting your grubby mits on the best sausage in bread.
A sort of Voting 101, if you will.
First things first, finding your local polling station.
If you’re not sure which electorate you’re enrolled in yet, all you need to do is jump on the Australian Electoral Commission website, chuck in your post code and voila!
Polling places are open between 8am and 6pm and usually located in schools, church halls and public buildings.
Google Maps has a tool that allows you to pop in your address and find the one nearest you.
More importantly, they’re also offering live updates about sausage sizzles and cake stalls so you won’t go hungry (you can register yours here).
Was there ever a hashtag more glorious than #democracysausage? Unlikely.
Voting in the lower house.
Australians vote in two ballots, the first is for the lower house or the House of Representatives.
This one is fairly straight forward just put a ‘1’ in the box next to your preferred candidate and number the remaining candidates in order of preference.