We all know how important voting is, but who wants to vote on an empty stomach? Here’s the most vital election intel: where to get your pre-vote sausage in a bun.
Liberal, Labor, Greens, Pirate Party, ketchup, mustard or fried onions?
We can't tell you who to vote for, but we can answer that last part. Snagvotes, which launched just before the federal election in 2010, shows you the election fundraisers and festivities in your electorate. It includes cake stalls, sausage sizzles and fairs, and you can narrow your search to just one of those possibilities. Looking for vegetarian eats before you fill out your ballot form? Go get ‘em.
Right now, there’s 168 events listed. That averages out to one sausage sizzle per 45,000 square kilometers (I calculated), but most are clustered in urban areas. New South Wales is heading the list with 44, and most of them are in Sydney.
In the name of science, I tested out the site to see if I could find my local fry up. While I could locate my nearest polling place, there were no flags to mark nearby sausage sizzles. Possibly because the nearest is 3km away. Still, thanks to a bit of research, at least I now know where I'm going to fill out my ballot and fill up my stomach.
Don’t get disappointed if there's no cake stall nearby, though: more events will be added in the next two weeks (and we’re doing our part to help that with this story, we hope).
Queensland might only have 37 snacking spots so far, but it got to test out Snagvotes during last year’s state elections and got a total of 149 events listed. That works out to about two events per electorate, so we’re pretty certain you’ll be able to find something suitable on polling day.
If you’re organising something, it’s definitely worth popping it on the site.