Federal Election Day Sausage Sizzles and Cake Stalls - SnagVotes
The map shows details about each sausage sizzle, cake stall, arts and crafts stand or other fundraiser on 14 September 2013 - federal election day.
If you know of a sausage sizzle or other fundraising activity at your local school, scout hall, or other location please add it to the map by
clicking on the button below.
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2011 NSW State Election
2010 Victorian State Election
2010 Federal Election
Important Snagvotes Contributors
Rosemary Walton (original idea and name)
Dr Stephen Downes (founder)
Gus Poskus (co-founder)
In The Press
- MMM Breakfast Show Melbourne (2010 Federal and Victorian elections)
- 7PM Project (2010 Federal election)
- ABC Radio Melbourne with Noni Hazelhurst (2010 Victorian election)
- Crikey (web site)
- The Age Newspaper
By Stephen Downes
Snagvotes began just two days before the August Federal election when a few connected individuals on social media (Twitter and Facebook)
realised how important a part of the election day experience eating a sausage before or after voting has become for many Australians.
Schools and community groups – including parents’ clubs, dance schools, sporting clubs, church auxiliaries – whose facilities are used for
polling booths often take advantage of the occasion to raise funds for their activities.
With a view to acknowledging this community spirit and having some fun, we created the Twitter hashtag #snagvotes and a Twitter account
@snagvotes and began a short campaign to have people tweet details of locations of sausage sizzles in their electorates and to post pictures
of their sausage sizzle experience. We were joined by an IT consultant, Dr Grant Castner, who rapidly created a Google Maps-linked
application so that users could actually plot and check the locations of their nearest sausage sizzles.
All of our work on Snagvotes is pro bono and at our own cost. The name “snagvotes” actually came from Rosemary Walton, who’s a vegan!!!
Incentive House came on board on the day and provided a stored-value Reward Yourself card as a prize for the best sausage sizzle-related
photograph posted with the #snagvotes hashtag. Between 70 and 100 such pictures were posted – you can see a selection of them here:
Our hastily-organised “grass roots” campaign was surprisingly successful, with hundreds of mentions of the #snagvotes hashtag on Twitter and
mainstream media coverage on radio and on the Ten Network’s “7PM Project” (see attached screenshot).
For the Victorian election on Saturday 27 November, we have revived the #snagvotes hashtag and created a Snagvotes group on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_142030962515820
We are once again encouraging people to post photographs of their sausage sizzle experience. And people have already posted details of
dozens of sausage sizzles on the Snagvotes map: http://www.electionsausagesizzle.com.au/vicelection/map.aspx
While there is some fun and a bit of silliness in the Snagvotes idea, the underlying objective is clearly to celebrate our democracy,
encourage participation in the democratic process and offer support for the community groups and volunteers that run sausage sizzles and
stalls on election day, as it is an important means of fundraising for them. The message is “Get together with your community and enjoy a
sausage on election day – a great Australian tradition”.