SOME Ballarat voters scrambled to St Andrews Hall voting centre just minutes before the 6pm deadline.
Reporter David Jeans caught up with them to ask the question – what were they doing all day?
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Ex-serviceman Brett made the trek from Chelsea and swooped into the hall with seconds to spare.
"I was there for a birthday party and just got back and remembered I had to vote," Brett said.
"The Palmer Party, he's going to do a lot more for the veterans than what the other two clowns are going to do.
"And being ex-army myself, I need to look out for my future and my pension."
Bricklayer Tristan Burke worked all day but made it to Ballarat's largest voting centre to cast his ballot for the Wikileaks party.
"Hopefully Julian Assange gets into the Senate."
The doors closed behind Labor voter Jamie who took time out of his not-so-busy day to cast his vote in the knick of time.
"I just went out for a bit of an evening stroll and came across the electorate and thought I would throw in a vote," Jamie said.
"I thought I would get around to it, do my democratic duty."
One couple, who had driven from South Australia, were disappointed when they were turned away at six on the dot.