Rainy election day in Sydney and Brisbane won’t dampen democracy sausages

It’s set to be a chilly and rainy election day in parts of Australia’s east coast, while other major cities look likely to enjoy perfect weather to exercise their democratic right.

Voters in Sydney and Brisbane will probably need to bring umbrellas and wear coats to the polling booth on Saturday, with rain and light winds predicted through the weekend. Citizens in Melbourne and Adelaide can expect clear and mostly sunny voting conditions with some clouds and the chance of late rain in Perth.

Senior bureau meteorologist Jenny Sturrock said Queensland would experience the wettest election day with falls of up to 40mm expected in the state’s east.

“The highest rainfall totals are expected in coastal areas from the Sunshine Coast to just south of Mackay,” Sturrock said.

“An Initial Flood Watch has been issued for catchments between Rockhampton and Caboolture and other current warnings may be revised so it’s important the community stays up to date with the latest warnings.”

Sydney voters should be prepared for showers of 15-20mm with a maximum temperature of 20C.

No matter the weather, it will be business as usual for the democracy sausage. Annette Tyler, founder of the democracysausage.org, an online interactive data base of all of the sausage sizzles and stalls open on election day, says barbecues and various stalls will go ahead under marquees even if there is a deluge.

Tyler recommends checking out Yeo Park Infants school in Ashfield and Marrickville Public school for Sydney voters looking for an “election day extravaganza”. She is impressed by the “lengths the organisers have gone through” to put on an “epic” offering for voters on Saturday that will include entertainment for the kids and prize raffles.

The website was started back in 2013 after Tyler put out a tweet ahead of the WA state election asking for the best place to get a sausage. She used the hashtag democracysausage and was surprised by the number of responses she got pointing her to the best places to vote and snack. Since then the site has grown to cover 1,706 stalls nationwide and includes key information on the stalls menu and special dietary requirements such as vegetarian and halal options.

Tyler says the Burracoppin CWA in WA summed up everything the democracy sausage represents with its stall description:

“The Burracoppin CWA believes every Australian citizen has the right to a hot snag and a cool drink when flexing their democratic right to vote.”

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