The US voting system needs the democracy sausage.

It was staggering to read that only about 50% of Americans bother to vote. Trump is saying that the less people vote the better chance he has of winning the presidency. The Americans don’t like any compulsion. They don’t have what we have in Australia, compulsory voting by punishment. Of course what is missing in the American system to try and encourage people to vote is the Democracy Sausage that we all enjoy on voting day here in Australia.

It is the main reason why people vote in Australia, the lure of the barbecued  democracy sausage.

In Australia, sausages are a symbol of election day. Here's why - CNN
In Australia we vote because we get a sausage on sliced white bread, often with choices of sauces to add to the democracy of it all. It can be tomato, barbeque, hot mustard sauce. In some up-beat areas there is a choice of hot English or French mustard.
Some smart voters suffering from acute hunger go from booth to booth to collect their sausages.
While the Americans will never go to compulsory voting they could do no worse than to copy the Australian manner of voting and introduce the humble barbequed sausage. It is not just the sausage but the whole atmosphere it creates around the hot plate of sizzling sausages, It brings people together. A good bonhomie and cheerfulness. People hugging and laughing, mouths dripping with the goodness of it all.

22 Responses to “The US voting system needs the democracy sausage.”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    A sausage on white bread? That might do it in Ohio or Indiana or some other culinary wasteland, but here in Texas, we’re so well supplied with brisket, sweet chipotle sausage, pecan-smoked ribs, and venison backstrap, what we really need is someone to remind us to put down the beer, wipe our chins, and get ourselves hence to the voting booth!

    To be fair, with two weeks left in the early voting period, 25% of Texans already have voted. I suspect we’ll be well above that 50% figure by the time it’s over.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Linda. It might well be that the Australian sausage originally found its inspiration in Texas. It’s not an English invention, they are more into eating cold cabbage standing up in a draught.
      There was an election in Canberra a few weeks ago, Canberra is not only Australia’s capital but it is also a ‘territory’ with its own government. Sadly, because of the Covid Lock-downs there were no sausages.

      Glad to hear that the Texans got out in droves to do the voting. I hope that things will remain calm when the results are published.

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  2. bkpyett. Says:

    Love this post, Gerrard! So true. I do hope lots of Americans vote to stop the lies.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Barbara. I hope that Trump gets booted out. The way things are one could be forgiven that the present leader might well get accused in the history of the future of egging on genocide. He seems to welcome the carnage of Covid.

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  3. Sandie Says:

    Gee Gerard! Lucky you getting fed and getting to vote. Have not seen that. Voting is such a privilege and I can’t understand that people bitch about their Govt but sit on their asses at home when they could go out and turn things around.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Surely Sandie, they have the democracy sausage in WA. Here in Sydney the sky turns all smokey from the sausage barbequing on voting day.
      When I was an active member of the Labor Party, it was my job to go around the different booths to check things out. Of course, I loaded up on the sausages and fried onions. I felt a bit crook next day because waiting for the results of the voting on the Telly we also opened a coupled of reds.

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  4. Yvonne Says:

    The smell just draws you in, doesn’t it?

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  5. leggypeggy Says:

    We missed out on democracy sausages this year because of Covid. Darn.

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  6. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Sounds like that WOULD work to me!!! 😉
    I would choose French mustard with mine! 😉
    HUGS!!! and such an important message in your post, Gerard!
    PATS and RUBS for Milo!

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  7. Robert Parker Says:

    Hello Gerard – This is a great idea! We should make it a whole smorgasbord, and everybody, not just liberals, gets a Free Lunch. Except maybe Libertarians, who’ll have to brown bag it. We’ll have spicy chicken wings – – right wings for some, left wings for others. Fans of Big Government get pork, Green Party gets broccoli, Workers Party gets potatoes, Socialist Workers Party has borscht. The Legal Marijuana Now Party gets hash brownies, and the darned Prohibition Party can just have a lemonade and a dill pickle. Communists can have a little nosh off everybody’s else’s plate. cheers, RPT

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Great response, Robert.

      Let me queue up for the Marijuana hash browns and Left chicken wings. I like the Greens but am not drawn to broccoli due to my impatient and intemperate bowels.

      The voting in the US and its reportage here in Australia has reached fever pitch. Every evening many are glued to the Telly and watch every second of reportage which gets discussed endlessly.

      The speculation is that as the Covid is on its rampage, Trumps embrace and seemingly inviting this pandemic is just mind-blowingly bizarre.

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  8. Curt Mekemson Says:

    Much higher voting in Oregon, Gerard. We vote by mail. If you are registered, you get a ballot. It’s the type of election that Trump hates because it expands the franchise. Republican are worried because Trump has really inspired Democrats to vote. I’m voting for sure (always have). Not that I would object to a good sausage as an incentive!. 🙂 –Curt

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Curt. My American friend living in Australia sent in his ballot vote weeks ago. He can’t understand how Trump got voted in at all last time. He knows perfectly normal and sane people who voted for Trump last time.
      Lots of books will be written about this anomality.

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      • Curt Mekemson Says:

        The electoral college was what selected Trump, Gerard. The majority of voters voted for Hillary. Also, lots of people simply didn’t vote. That’s not happening this time. 🙂 Good for your friend. –Curt

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  9. rangewriter Says:

    Splendid idea! Bribe ’em with good hot, greasy food…just like football games on a cold fall day. Why haven’t we thought of that?

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      We in Australia have to vote, sausage or not! So, one might as well bite the bullet, vote and collect your sausage.

      When you vote your name is crossed through on the electoral roll. After you cast your vote, you are then obliged to walk to the box and cast the ballot paper through the aperture of the voting box.

      After that procedure and only after that, you walk a few more metres into the open air and collect your sausage on the white bread. A triumphant gesture really.

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  10. Meindert Muller Says:

    The Dutch saying ‘Het zal me worst zijn’, translation ‘It will be me sausage’, means it doesn’t make any difference to me. If this wisdom is of any significance sausages are not the right stimulus for a balanced vote.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, you might be right. I think the results of voting would not be swayed by this sausage procedure in either the Liberal or Labor favour. Mind you, this sausage convention is probably more the result of Labor than Liberal.
      I am speculating that the Liberals would be more inclined to pass a glass of free champagne to the humble voter.
      The possibilities are mind boggling, Meindert.
      Who knows?

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