The waft of sizzling democracy sausages drew in crowds to certain Geraldton polling booths on Saturday on an otherwise quieter than usual election day. Volunteers noted there seemed to be fewer people out voting on Saturday than during previous elections, with no jostling to hand out election material and no big line-ups. This indicated how prevalent early voting was in the lead-up to polling day, with nearly 2000 in the Mid West community currently struck down by COVID. According to the Australian Electoral Commission, almost 22,000 votes were cast at Geraldton’s early voting centre before Saturday. WA Opposition Leader Mia Davies was a lone figure for the Nationals at the Wandina Primary School polling booth in Geraldton. She was representing the Nationals after the party’s Durack candidate and former Geraldton MP Ian Blayney and a number of campaign volunteers caught COVID. Ms Davies said election day crowds were smaller than normal. “I think what’s happened is a lot of people have voted early because certainly the numbers are much lower this morning from what I’ve seen in past experience,” she said. Despite fears some polling booths would be forced to close on election day due to staffing shortages, all booths in the electorate managed to open.