By ALISSA WARREN
I have the perfect policy that will ensure almost every single vote.
Yep. Rudd, Abbott, listen up.
It’s called ‘Vote to You’. You knock on my front door with a sheet of paper and a pen and I’ll vote for you.
That’ll just about get me over the line.
Because already – with a whopping four weeks before the election – I’m already having Voting Anxiety. Not about who I’ll vote for. That’s worthy of a far less serious debate. But about how I’ll actually vote. Literally. Because every election – council, state, federal – I go through the same moves about as awkwardly as Kevin Rudd swoops his right part with his left hand.
The Night Before:
“Don’t forget to vote tomorrow.” Ugh. I feel the same way about this statement as I do about these … “Have you done your tax?” and “Can you clean the filter in the dishwasher?” Has to be done. Like getting new tyres for your car. But when it comes to voting, my body actually physically protests. I hunch my back, flop my arms around my knees and throw my head back like a three year-old. “Tomorrow?” How has this happened so soon? I spend weeks living election coverage. My friends discuss Joe Hockey’s lap-band surgery, my Dad regurgitates talkback radio and my political-junkie husband stews over every uber-second of possible election coverage. And then all of a sudden – boom! – like Kevin Rudd pouncing Julia Gillard (or vice-versa), I’m panicking about how I’m going to manage the morning. And then I’m there …
Some scout hall or school gym has become the victim of angry voters. And their cars. But these sites are no strangers to maniac drivers. They are peppered with enough No Standing, No Parking, 5 Minute Zone, Kiss and Collect and Loading Zone signs to rival a footy stadium. I will inevitably park five blocks away.
I spend years trying to fool myself and everyone around me that I’m a patient, encouraging and calm mother. On voting day, the truth sets me free. In a bad way. I’m a bogan parent. I yell at my kids from the moment they step out of the car. “Get off the road”, “Stop at the corner”, “No, you can’t have a Mr Whippy”, “The toilets are closed,”, “No, you can’t wee on that tree”.
Enough. Stop. A greasy smile on a piece of stinky paper isn’t going to sway me. Neither will the pushy giver-outerers. Especially the Greens. Isn’t it terribly ironic that they thrust glossy unenvironmentally friendly flyers at voters? Maybe they should do paper flyers with the little seeds embedded in them that you can plant in the backyard afterwards?