Ballarat voters eat thousands of sausages

Ian Cooper was cooking the barbecue at Ballarat North Primary School. PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

Ian Cooper was cooking the barbecue at Ballarat North Primary School. PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

For many, voting on election day can be a bit of a hassle. 

Long lines, no car parks and a decision that requires more thought than should be needed on a hot and sunny Saturday.

But all negative thoughts fly quickly out the window upon arrival at a local primary school, with the stomach-rumbling scent of sausages and onion frying on a barbecue quickly taking over. 

"You line up and I'll get us a couple of snags," one sausage-loving husband said to his wife at Alfredton Primary School. 

It's not election day without a snag from a voting centre.

Those cooking the tasty morsels said Ballarat would collectively go through tens of thousands of sausages on election day. 

Leigh Edmonston, who was cooking the barbecue at Alfredton, said they would easily sell more than 1000. 

"It's only 11.30am and we've already sold about half of that," he said. 

"There's just something about snags and voting. They go hand in hand."

Leigh Edmonston in charge of the sausages at Alfredton Primary School. PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

Leigh Edmonston in charge of the sausages at Alfredton Primary School. PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

Across town at Ballarat North Primary School, those in charge said they would also sell about 1000 sausages. 

Ian Cooper, one of the lucky volunteers in charges at Ballarat North, said the election day barbecue was an essential part of a democratic society. 

"At the end of the day it probably helps people vote and so it probably helps democracy," he said with a laugh.