2014 Victorian State 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 29 November 2014 - Victorian State 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.

In The Press

  • ABC TV (2013 Federal Election)
  • News.com.au (2013 Federal Election)
  • ABC Queensland Statewide Drive (2012 Queensland election)
  • 4BC Brisbane (2012 Queensland election)
  • 96.5 FM (2012 Queensland election)
  • ABC Townsville (2012 Queensland election)
  • 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

Backgrounder

By Stephen Downes

Snagvotes began just two days before the August 2010 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: http://twicsy.com/?search=snagvotes

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”.

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