The history of the humble Democracy Sausage

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Lewis Haskew

RoundABOUT Editor

It’s become a tradition on voting day in recent years but the humble sausage hasn’t always been around when Aussies would head to the polls to cast their ballots.

A sausage sizzle at a voting booth only really a reality in the past 40 years or so and the very idea of a democracy sausage is still actually a fairly new concept.

So how did we get to a point where a simple peace of meat in bread has become such a synonymous symbol of democracy?

We chat to an expert at the Museum of Australian Democracy to understand the history of this modest meat.

Don’t forget, if you are out voting you can check out the Democracy Sausage Map to find a BBQ or bake stall at a voting booth near you.

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