I’ve just been down to the local school to vote. My totally irrelevant and unscientific observations:
* Voting early(ish). The polling booths have been busy all day. Since the total number of voters can’t change much, it looks as if people are voting earlier than usual
* Return of the true believers. I’ve always had a superstitious belief that attitudes to how-to-vote cards are indicative of something. I saw a string of people walk straight past the Liberal canvasser, which suggests to me that Labor voters are feeling keener than they have for some time.
* I must say it was pleasant to vote the Labor party ticket for once. Next time I’ll go back to my usual practice of carefully ranking all the candidates, but this time I agreed with Labor’s proposed order for the Reps and I trusted the backroom guys to get the preferences right for the Senate.
* Some commenters pointed out that by voting Labor I denied the Greens their allocation of public funding. But I think my defence of their economic policies against the bizarre attacks mounted by the right was worth more than the $2 or so my first preference would have gained them