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#51 JustBeige

Posted 01 July 2016 - 05:24 PM

I'm giving this a go tomorrow too.

I've always been interested in it, but have usually left it too late.

I'm looking forward to it, but packing panadols jic :)

View Postjamesandi, on 01 July 2016 - 05:23 PM, said:

Seat cushion
Comfortable clothes and shoes
Drink bottle
Muesli bars and lollies
Lollies to share at pack up
Sandwiches, tea and coffee
Take breaks

I have been doing it for 20 years both tiny and large booths.
Sometimes it gets overlooked regarding breaks so just tee it up with who you are sitting next to. Especially toilet breaks.

Thats pretty much what I have on my list too.

#52 jamesandi

Posted 01 July 2016 - 05:27 PM

Work out how you are getting home and walk with others to the car or phone for a taxi or relative once things are nearly packed away.

#53 jamesandi

Posted 01 July 2016 - 05:29 PM

Have everything as though you may not be able to leave the booth.

I don't have a car so I overpack.

They provide aec rulers nowadays lol

#54 jamesandi

Posted 01 July 2016 - 05:32 PM

Don't comment on the election apart from how busy you are. Talk about the weather, the sausage sizzle.

The papers are like money so treat it like that.

#55 Froggilicious

Posted 01 July 2016 - 05:33 PM

A knee rug. Great when you are sitting in a fridge!

#56 JustBeige

Posted 01 July 2016 - 05:36 PM

Thanks jamesandi.

I think I must have a good boss.  She has already worked out that she is locking the carpark etc and its next to houses so well lit.

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Don't comment on the election apart from how busy you are. Talk about the weather, the sausage sizzle
They sent me a booklet and it was kind of suggested that you keep it business like etc.

and we dont have a sausage sizzle at our school :(  bummed now as that was going to be food.

#57 JustBeige

Posted 01 July 2016 - 05:37 PM

View PostFroggilicious, on 01 July 2016 - 05:33 PM, said:

A knee rug. Great when you are sitting in a fridge!
Oh good tip!  Im just thinking of our school hall.  DS just said that the heaters are useless as the hall is huge.

Hmm, I will ponder wearing my thermals.  I can always whip them off at a wee break, but tomorrow is supposed to be cold here.

#58 jamesandi

Posted 01 July 2016 - 05:40 PM

Don't take it too seriously but do the job iykwim.

Writing this while beserk child runs around.

#59 Froggilicious

Posted 01 July 2016 - 05:41 PM

And fingerless gloves.

#60 Guest_canadianmum_*

Posted 01 July 2016 - 06:55 PM

Definitely take headache pills. I had a GF ring me in tears and I poked  a sheet under the door to her.

#61 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 01 July 2016 - 06:56 PM

View PostFeral Grey Mare, on 01 September 2013 - 06:11 PM, said:

Prepare yourself to say "You haven't already voted in this election have you" 5000 times and then smile at the smart a..... answers.

Be ready to read rude things people write and draw on their ballot papers.

Do plenty of arm exercises because unfolding senate papers is not fun.

Resist temptation to punch the party scrutineers who lean all over you when you are counting papers after they have just been outside smoking.

Oh dear! I couldn't work out why I couldn't "Like" this post.........


Last election our polling place had a crack team of Upper House Counters who swept in at 5.59 pm and counted the biiiig papers while we plebs counted the Lower House papers. We were all packed and out the door by 8.30.

#62 Greatmum

Posted 01 July 2016 - 07:12 PM

How much an hour do u get and how long r u there.

#63 jamesandi

Posted 01 July 2016 - 07:31 PM

$400 for line crossing out people. But that can be for up to 17 hours.

#64 blueskies12

Posted 01 July 2016 - 07:47 PM

View Postjamesandi, on 01 July 2016 - 07:31 PM, said:

$400 for line crossing out people. But that can be for up to 17 hours.
Is there a cut off time for counting? I'm worried about being a zombie say after 10pm and losing my count...

I like the idea of the lollies, cushion and rug. Can I take a small water bottle and fill it up, or are they super strict about that?
I'm so worried if I see someone I know snd they make a political statement. If they do, and I ignore it, will I be ok? I don't want to lose the job/pay  lol
I plan on taking plenty of tea/coffee. Better write a list now.

#65 blueskies12

Posted 01 July 2016 - 07:51 PM

View PostJustBeige, on 01 July 2016 - 05:24 PM, said:

I'm giving this a go tomorrow too.

I've always been interested in it, but have usually left it too late.

I'm looking forward to it, but packing panadols jic :)


Thats pretty much what I have on my list too.

I'm giving it a go too. I plan on using the money for something fun. Maybe a couple of nights accomodation  after Christmas. Either way, it's a bonus.

#66 jamesandi

Posted 01 July 2016 - 07:51 PM

You'll be fine most of the counting is earlier on for the green papers.

Water is fine. I have eaten the odd lolly or muesli bar when I have had had to work without stopping when it is extremely busy for example queues going into the street.

Does that help?

#67 AggyW72

Posted 01 July 2016 - 07:55 PM

Anyone know if there would be security at schools that are having voting tomorrow?
We were just up at our school, kids playing in the dark and a guy turned up and was behaving very dodgily.
We assumed maybe a drug deal as he kept coming and going and hanging around. We rounded up all the kids and my friend called the cops.
Before we left he turned up again in a high viz vest with "security" on the back.
Our school does not have any security so all a bit odd!
I wondered if it was election related?

#68 blueskies12

Posted 01 July 2016 - 07:56 PM

Thanks JamesandI. This is so helpful

AggyW72, that is strange and I was just thinking of whether there is security at polling places today too

Edited by blueskies12, 01 July 2016 - 07:58 PM.


#69 AggyW72

Posted 01 July 2016 - 08:00 PM

It was very strange! Just a gut feeling and there were 6 of us adults there who all felt the same!
He was hanging around for ages before he came back with the vest, on his phone a lot.

#70 immismum

Posted 01 July 2016 - 08:15 PM

View PostAggyW72, on 01 July 2016 - 07:55 PM, said:

Anyone know if there would be security at schools that are having voting tomorrow?
We were just up at our school, kids playing in the dark and a guy turned up and was behaving very dodgily.
We assumed maybe a drug deal as he kept coming and going and hanging around. We rounded up all the kids and my friend called the cops.
Before we left he turned up again in a high viz vest with "security" on the back.
Our school does not have any security so all a bit odd!
I wondered if it was election related?
The parties employ security to stand guard over all their adverts and banners the put on the fences of the schools etc, to make sure the other side doesn't rip them down in the middle of the night

#71 AggyW72

Posted 01 July 2016 - 08:17 PM

View Postimmismum, on 01 July 2016 - 08:15 PM, said:


The parties employ security to stand guard over all their adverts and banners the put on the fences of the schools etc, to make sure the other side doesn't rip them down in the middle of the night
No banners or advertising of any description on the property.
Just the polling booths and AEC stuff locked up in the hall.

#72 immismum

Posted 01 July 2016 - 08:20 PM

View PostAggyW72, on 01 July 2016 - 08:17 PM, said:


No banners or advertising of any description on the property.
Just the polling booths and AEC stuff locked up in the hall.
There will be by tomorrow morning.....
The fences will be covered with the party material

#73 AggyW72

Posted 01 July 2016 - 08:21 PM

View Postimmismum, on 01 July 2016 - 08:20 PM, said:


There will be by tomorrow morning.....
The fences will be covered with the party material
Yeah, I guess there will! Hopefully that's all it is. Gosh he creeped us all out though! The highlight was my son calling out "are you a robber?"


#74 JustBeige

Posted 01 July 2016 - 09:30 PM

Thanks everyone,

Even though this is a very old thread, its been very helpful

jamesandi, thanks so much for all your tips! :)

#75 Kafkaesque

Posted 02 July 2016 - 12:02 AM

View Postblueskies12, on 01 July 2016 - 07:47 PM, said:


Is there a cut off time for counting? I'm worried about being a zombie say after 10pm and losing my count...

I like the idea of the lollies, cushion and rug. Can I take a small water bottle and fill it up, or are they super strict about that?
I'm so worried if I see someone I know snd they make a political statement. If they do, and I ignore it, will I be ok? I don't want to lose the job/pay  lol
I plan on taking plenty of tea/coffee. Better write a list now.

You count until everything is counted and balanced number issued to number counted. If you have a crap team you can be there very late!

You don't need to worry about what people say to you. Just smile and ignore it. You can refill bottles of course. There are also often facilities to make tea or coffee you just need to take the stuff. Otherwise Thermos is great.

It can be a really fun day but is long.




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