On the day of an election, people step up to the polls.

Bombarded with flyers and how-to-vote cards as they move towards the door.

It is interesting to see how many people take 2, 3 4 or 5 of these?

Is it out of politeness, or because they have no idea who they are voting for?

And if this is the case, how will they decide, in the 30 metres to their polling booth.

Will it be the nicest photo, the nicest name?

The person who relates the most?

Or the person who just got in their face the most?

It certainly can’t be for the policies – they are buried in the party websites.

To vote for policies, that would mean you’d done some research prior to the event.

That would mean you’d know exactly who you’re voting for.

And you’d have no need for the flyers and how-to-vote cards.

That would mean you’d confidently walk straight up to the poll and strike a vote with real meaning.

Before dumping all the unread propaganda in the bin before you leave.

There’s a handful of those people, who look like they know what they’re doing.

The rest are just striking their compulsory vote for democracy.

And crossing it off their Saturday to-do-list before latte.


Liz Watt