26 September 2023

Democracy snags sausages by the poll

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Fundraising activities have been given the OK to proceed at voting venues for the State election, including the sale of the iconic ‘democracy sausage’.

Electoral Commissioner, Pat Vidgen said it was great to see the return of the Australian favourite for the election period but reminded electors that all COVID-19 health requirements were still relevant.

“Fundraising activities at election time are often an important activity for community organisations and schools,” Mr Vidgen said.

“During the March Local Government elections, the emergence of COVID-19 meant democracy sausages and cake stalls were put on hold. Fortunately, we are in a much better place now.”

“However,” he said, “the onus is on the fundraising organisers and volunteers to ensure they are following the relevant COVID-19 guidelines.”

The Commissioner said an Election Service Plan had been developed, detailing how voting venues should be COVID-safe and ensuring electors could move through the voting process easily and safely.

“This means any fundraising activities must provide clear access for electors to and from the voting venue, and practice social distancing, good hand hygiene and regular cleaning,” Mr Vidgen said.

Queensland Chief Health Officer, Jeannette Young said that as long as everyone followed the rules, it would be safe to vote.

“While many across the State would have already voted before Election Day, those in the community going out to vote have a few things to keep in mind,” Dr Young said.

“As always, if you’re sick, stay home. Take your voter information card with you, and your own pen or pencil. Remember to social distance, think two big steps apart from other people, and leave the venue right after voting.”

She said sausage sizzles were considered a take-away food venue and were required to comply with the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction.

Organisers will need to follow the Industry Plan for Food Services, Dr Young said.

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