There's less than 24 hours to go.
Groups of campaigners are exhausted, the evidence of empty takeaway containers litter the room and there's nothing left in the tank.
The clock is ticking down, the checked (and rechecked) piles of flyers are stacked, waiting to be put in beige canvas rucksacks and backpacks for easy access before they're thrust into the hands of the eager public.
Some people know this as 'polling day' – but really, it's National Threatened Species Day.
Around Australia registered citizens of voting age everywhere will have their chance to save a threatened group from extinction.
A cluster of creatures known as the 'political animal' (politicus animalis) comes in all shapes, sizes, strange eating habits, rituals, allegiances and mating calls.
But what so often happens with every new species, their discovery makes a big bang (some even producing promotional DVDs to bolster their kind) and their star shines bright for a short time only to have it snuffed out before it can even singe the edges of history.
On the eve of Threatened Species Day, we take a look as some of the newly discovered species that, although their breeders and capturers have lofty expectations, they may find their end is almost nigh and have thus made it onto this year's endangered list.
The Wikileaks Party animalis – This shy creature is rarely seen in public. Video footage is the only evidence we have to be sure that the WP still exists. Identified by its almost transparent whitish fur and pale facial features, the WP has recently been registered on the list's extremely high-risk category and unlikely to survive after September 7.
Australian Smokers' Rights Party animalis – Supporters of this bold breed are extremely concerned because they know it is dying.
Known to be found huddled in small packs around doorways, alleys and stairwells, the SRP [or serp mouse] leaves a distinct odour and, if stationary, white or yellowish droppings, though it can flick its dung while on the move.
Experts believe there is not much time for this little critter. It is a relative of the more abundant "bot" mouse which tends to only leave strange white and yellowish dropping when it is drunk and wants to borrow or "bot" off the serp mouse.
Liberal Democrats/ Australian Democrats animalis – Brought back from the brink of extinction, the LDAD was found abundant throughout across Australia between the 1970s and 90s then suddenly dropped in numbers.
A darling of the media, the LDAD enjoyed the spotlight for many years (one of the species even having its own fashion spread in the Australia Women's Weekly) but after a tumultuous period where it attempted to breed outside its species, the LDAD seemed to fall off the face of the earth.
Palmer United Party animalis – The PUP, a Jurassic-looking creature, is reputed to be a living fossil with direct links to the dinosaurs that once roamed Australia.
Animal behavioural scientists have tried to decipher the calls of the PUP but have been left perplexed and unsure what it is trying to communicate.
Although it is to be found in every state and territory of Australia, it is anticipated there will only be one or two PUPs left after September 7.
No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics animalis – Guardians of this species failed to heed the warning as custodians of the last surviving NCTCS bugs were in complete denial of their threatened status. There is little hope of a change in their condition.
Australia Fishing and Lifestyle Party animalis – Of all the creatures listed, the delightfully slothful AFLP has all the right attributes to get communities interested in Threatened Species Day.
While thoroughly neglected by the public due to rising workloads and living pressures, the glimmer of hope lies in the memory when fishing and barbecues were staples of the Australian weekend - the little AFLP may yet prevail.
One Nation animalis – This furry little critter has mostly been sighted in northern Australia, generally sporting a ginger or red pelt.
Sometimes tame, sometimes feral, its numbers swell and decline as it seeks out unrealistic fears and is attracted to groups of angry people.
The animal tends to scurry away if approached by anyone who is not of Caucasian descent.
Pirates Party animalis – Like the platypus in the late 1700s, when this little bird (the 'sparrow' variety) was found, folks back in Britain thought scientists were joking. However, it had a serious purpose – fighting for transparency and a society free of unreasonable censorship – in its swashbuckling bird-like way. It may have a surprisingly strong chance of survival if it's anything like its Caribbean cousins and refuses to go away.
Australian Labor Party animalis – a surprise inclusion on the threatened species list this year. ALP clusters were healthy but they waned 12 months ago and then they seemed to have a population explosion a few months ago when the 'KRudd' variety became the dominant male.
In a population dive that has only been witnessed few times in Australia by animal behaviourists, the ALP numbers have drastically plummeted within weeks of Threatened Species Day and it faces a significant wipeout.