In Camberwell, Ryan cast her vote at Hartwell Primary School, posing for photos with energized supporters handing out her how-to-vote cards.
After marking her vote, she kissed the paper and crossed herself before stuffing it into the ballot box. Ryan said she felt like she had left nothing in the tank with her campaign.
“It’s a big day for Australia, it’s a big day for Kooyong. We’re feeling really positive and energized,” she said.
At Surrey Hills, Kooyong voter Irena said she was supporting Frydenberg, but didn’t mind if Ryan managed to beat him: “I’d actually like to vote for both of them,” she said.
Another voter, Lisa, was happy to give her reasons for voting for Ryan, although she was not sure if the candidate had done enough to win over such a storied Liberal electorate.
“I think she’s a breath of fresh air, climate change, accountability, women – she’s got a lot going for her,” she said.
In Kew East, Mike Ricketts said he was voting for Frydenberg because he provided stability, although he touched on one of the treasurer’s biggest hindrances in retaining the seat: Scott Morrison.
“He’s a great guy and despite the fact I don’t particularly like the prime minister, I just think he’s a good guy for the future,” he said.
The weather warmed up later in the afternoon, but it was still slightly frosty at Beaumaris Secondary College, where both Liberal Tim Wilson and independent Zoe Daniel were a few meters apart from each other shaking hands with Goldstein voters.
The booth was a pretty good one for Wilson in 2019, with over 60 per cent of the primary vote, and he was telling blue-shirted Liberal volunteers that if he lost “Bowie”, then he was in big trouble.
Voters The Sunday Age spoke to this time around were backing Wilson again, despite Daniel’s momentum and strong advertising presence.
“I don’t think Australians realise just how well off we are,” said Liberal voter Steve. “It’s easy to criticize from the cheap seats, but the Liberals are doing a pretty good job, all things being equal.”
While she had voted for other parties in the past, Frances said she didn’t like Daniel’s “in your face” campaign and would be voting for the more “down to earth” Wilson.
“I think he’s got the right economics and so forth, doing more for the area,” she said.
Wilson said he was confident he would remain the member for Goldstein after Saturday.
“The feedback has been amazingly positive, Liberal voters are sticking with us,” he said.
Daniel said she was optimistic she had done enough. She said voters were thanking her for providing an alternative in an area where they had felt taken for granted.
“People are really excited, will it be enough? I don’t know,” she said.