IN 2007 my sister told me to shut up at the polling booth.
It was a fair call. I was literally jumping for joy - almost knocking over an elderly couple distributing how to vote cards - and my enthusiastic 19-year-old political opinions reverberated around the Carraragarmungee school hall.
Like the majority of voters that year, I voted for Kevin Rudd's Labor.
That night, at a music festival in Albury-Wodonga, Sydney rapper Ozi Batla told a jubilant crowd we had a new Prime Minister.
``But most importantly,'' he said, ``we don't have the old f---ing Prime Minister!''
This year, Mr Rudd is the old prime minister. But I don't get that sense of unbridled joy from Coalition voters that ran through the Kevin `07 campaign.
Rather it seems people are casting their vote for whichever party they think is the least worst option - Labor or Liberal.
I haven't met anyone who wholeheartedly supports all of the major parties policies - even candidates, privately, have missgivings about some.
It is, to borrow Mr Abbott's phrase, baddies vs baddies.
Three years of infighting, cheap slogans, cynical politicking and relentless negativity from both sides has made us a nation of disaffected voters.
We are too jaded to even look at the policies, which actually remain markedly different in most areas despite the reprehensible hand-holding to hell on asylum seekers.
The election narrative has been endless variations on the theme ``he sucks, vote for us''.
The Coalition in particular has focused most of its energies on what they're not going to do than what they will do, waiting until 48 hours before polling day to release crucial policy detail and make the dangerous switch from opposition party to alternative government.
Labor, meanwhile, has simultaneously tried to stand on its past achievements and pretend the past never existed, a double think the fractured party was unsurprisingly unable to maintain.
Determining our future government should be about what kind of country you want, not a winners and losers battle scored on who seems ``relatable' or how much of a bastard the other guy is.
Remember, we vote for parties, not Prime Ministers, and past experience shows it doesn't do to get too attached to the later.
If advocating your values and concerns means voting for a minor party or independent, go for it: the big players need to know when they are not measuring up.
We deserve better than populist policies driven by Rooty Hill focus groups, and we deserve to know what we are getting ourself into before voting one next to anybody's name.
Maybe it's age, experience, or increased sobriety that makes election 2013 a sorry comparison with 2007.
I wish I were excited about tomorrow. But either outcome fills me with dread.