Voters in the Manjimup and Bridgetown regions had a mixed reaction to both the referendum campaign and the overall voting experience on Saturday, with long lines and officer numbers being the main complaint for some polling places. O’Connor — the Federal electorate the two towns are part of — has the No vote as the majority so far, with a 73.81 percentage, compared to the Yes vote’s 26.19. There was a mix of opinions in the voting and why people had voted the way they had, with some having strong opinions and their own personal reasons. “I’m voting yes to get Indigenous people in the Constitution, as it rightfully should have been 200 years ago,” Manjimup voter Rachel Adams said. “My main reason is to change the Constitution, as it was wrongly written, it was wrongly assessed what these people were and are, and they were wrongly treated and it needs to change.” “My decision was made on that the status quo wasn’t working,” Manjimup voter Louise Jane Tasker said. “I was quite disappointed that it wasn’t an agreed thing between both parties,” Bridgetown voter Jim Dennis said. “I believe there are serious problems with the Aboriginal people with their general health, the wealth they have, the housing and they need to be fixed.” “I believe it’s fundamentally wrong and shouldn’t be enshrined in the Constitution for a select few people,” Manjimup No vote campaigner Harley Priddis stated in his reason to campaign for the No vote. Local voters believed the voting process was smooth, efficient and easy throughout the day. “It was easy enough to do,” Bridgetown voter Blade Barnett said. “It was very clear and very straightforward,” Ms Tasker said. “I think the process was done efficiently and there was a long line and I had to do the process twice, because I forgot my ID when I got to the front the first time,” out-of area voter Paul McNeeler said. However, it wasn’t without criticism, in regards to the information given out and the process for out-of-area voters. “I’m an out-of-area voter and I felt like my privacy was compromised because I had to put my slip into the envelope in front of three people,” voter Amanda Bryce said. “I don’t believe there was enough information on this vote at all,” Manjimup voter Paul Oxley said. “People are voting a certain way without having all the information there.” In the warm and sunny weather, lines took up to an hour or two to get voters through to the booths. Those visiting East Manjimup Primary School and Bridgetown High School faced waiting times of an hour, especially in the morning, with queues wrapping around and reaching outside of the schools. “There was just not enough people,” voter Yvonne Pegram said, in regards to the lack of staff at the polling place. “There was only one book in there and it made things very slow and some people brought their small children as well, which made it hard for them.” In Bridgetown, people lined up past the school as soon as the doors opened, with several people saying it spilled on to the long and steep driveway leading to the school building. Bridgetown polling place second-in-charge Shirley Streeter said it had been constant since the doors opened and believed there could be a rush near the end of the day. “It’s been pretty constant, approximately 50 people every half an hour from when we opened at 8 o’clock to now,” she said. “I think it’ll quiet down this afternoon, but I think there might be a rush at 5 o’clock this afternoon when workers are coming home from the mine and being out in the afternoon.” Despite the long lines and the constant bursts of voters coming through, she said the demeanor of the voters was calm, collected and civil. “Everyone’s been really respectful, everyone had been pleasant and happy to wait in line and everything’s gone smoothly.” The voting may have been long and frustrating for some but those hungry after voting in Bridgetown were happy to find a sausage sizzle in front of the polling place at the primary school. The proceeds will be going towards the school’s P&C, with members Kathryn Ruiz Diaz and Nadine Pitt running the sizzle throughout the day. Ms Ruiz Diaz said the stall was steady in terms of sales and visitors passing by interested in a snag. “Everyone seemed to be happy and friendly today,” she said. Both Ms Ruiz Diaz and Ms Pitt said they were surprised seeing how long the line was for voters earlier that morning, with the line spilling towards to the driveway and carpark of the school. “Nadine was here when there was a massive line,” Ms Ruiz Diaz said. “It was pretty long and I think it was over two hours, for the line, and it went right back on to the stairs of the school into the carpark,” Ms Pitt said. “But everyone was happy and there wasn’t a problem. “It seemed to be a constant stream and everyone was quite patient.” The long line had helped the sales for the two ladies, with the proceeds helping with fundraising for the school. “It has been pretty steady and lots of support for the kids,” Ms Ruiz Diaz said. “We’re doing the fundraising for the school and it’s been a standard fare for us.” In Manjimup, there was no sausage sizzles at either East Manjimup Primary or Manjimup Primary for those in the area hoping to fill up after a day of voting.