It was a cool, wet start to election day this morning, but the democracy sausages were piping hot as residents of Jimboomba and the surrounding areas headed to the polls.
Hundreds of residents braved the rain to cast their votes, with poll workers in Logan Village saying there had been a steady flow of people since polling opened at 8am, while there was a considerable queue at the Yarrabilba State School.
The Jimboomba Times spoke to voters at Logan Village and Yarrabilba, and a clear theme emerged among those that gave their opinions: people want change.
One Buccan resident said they cast their vote based on certain policies enacted during the COVID pandemic.
"There have been some mandates that have lost people jobs, and I want to fight against these," they said.
One voter from Tamborine said they simply had enough of the major parties.
"I just think it's time for a change over the big parties," they said.
Another, from Logan Village said the country had "lost touch with its humanity".
Another Logan Village voter said they were voting the same way they always had, but there was little difference between the major parties.
"It doesn't matter who gets in, what they say and what they do are two different things," they said.
"I just hope it changes."
Jack, from Yarrabilba, had very few doubts as to who he was voting for, calling some of the parties "disgusting".
"The Greens, Liberals and Labor are disgusting," he said.
"I'm voting for Pauline [Hanson] and second I'm going United [Australia Party]."
The AEC has warned long lines, such as those at Yarrabilba, are a possibility at some election centres today due to staff shortages and Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers has asked voters to be patient at the polling booth.
"For the past week we've been working hard to assign temporary staff to election day roles quicker than we've been losing them to COVID-19," he said.
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