Donald Roser, 91, was offering his services as a dog and bicycle minder out the front of the polling booth at Carrington Public School on Saturday. It's a job he takes seriously.
Mr Roser has handed out how-to-votes for Labor in Carrington for the past 40 years.
"I was born in Carrington in 1927, and with any luck I'll die here," Mr Roser said.
"I worked on the wharf for 31 years loading coal onto ships. It was all Labor over here then."
Mr Roser said his connection to the Newcastle suburb stretched far into his family history.
"My grandfather came on the sailing ships and met my grandmother here. He was from Sutherland in England. His name was Richard Roser."
It was his grandfather on his mother's side, however, who gave him a piece of advice he has held onto throughout his life.
"My grandfather told me if you can't get anything out of Labor, you won't get it out of the Liberals.
"Good schools, hospitals, that's the main things the working class needs."