PARTY campaigners and candidates reported mixed reactions and limited interest in “how to vote” cards at polling booths across Bendigo.
Bendigo Uniting Church was one of many voting centres lined by volunteers of all political stripes.
Many of the minor party representatives noted they had been ignored entirely.
Sex Party volunteer Simon Thompson said most voters had walked past him and refused to accept campaign material from him or others.
He said he was concerned that people would be casting informal votes.
“Especially young people,” he said. “They seemed fairly strong-headed walking past and not wanting to talk to us.”
Katter Australia Party volunteer John Carty said he had the same experience.
“I’m worried that people didn’t vote correctly,” he said.
“There was a good response from people that did stop. They were curious about the party and they were supportive.”
Liberal volunteer Cameron McCaig said he was impressed with the amount of people collecting his how to vote cards.
Labor volunteer Peter, who works as a security guard at Thales, said he had come straight from work to hand out how to vote cards.
“I really think Lisa Chesters will be a great representative for Bendigo,” he said.
Palmer United Party candidate Anita Donlon said the majority of feedback she had was from people disillusioned with the two major parties.
The former state Liberal candidate said she was hoping the mood for change had resonated with voters.
“I’ve been inundated with support,” she said.
“It’s been really positive. The ideology of the party is what we’re putting out there it’s a common sense attitude.”
Greens volunteer Bill Grant said he found most people were still undecided as they were walking in.
He said the local focus for the Greens was on the senate.