Thank God that's over.
Politics is a brutal game by nature, but the behaviour of some candidates, parties and the people backing them during this election has been embarrassing.
An election campaign dominated by candidates posting offensive messages on social media, personal attacks on opponents and vandalism can only be bad for democracy.
Many political tragics who relish personality clashes have lost sight of the very reason politicians exist - to lead the nation. Others simply tune out of the debate, sick of wondering where they have to look to find someone worth voting for.
Tony Abbott summed it up well after offensive posters of him were plastered around his Sydney electorate. Politics had reached "a new level of nastiness", the former prime minister said earlier this month.
Look hard enough in any part of the country and you'll find examples.
During pre-polling in Canberra, witnesses said a Labor volunteer repeatedly goaded and barked at the Liberal Party's Mina Zaki, who responded by yelling at Labor's Katy Gallagher and imploring her to "put a leash on your dog".
Trucks carrying mobile billboards in the national capital have been graffitied and smeared with faeces.
Several candidates' corflutes have been removed, stolen and defaced. We'll all be relieved when the masses of corflutes disappear from the side of our roads, but they are legally allowed to be there.
Signs supporting the controversial Fraser Anning have been put up in the middle of a roundabout - where they are prohibited.
Across the border, parties flouting strict electoral laws with oversized signs forced the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council to waste time and taxpayers' money to rip out about 100 signs in just a few weeks.
The list goes on.
This sort of conduct simply distracts voters from what's really important - policies.
Grubby tactics will no doubt always be a feature of election campaigns, but hopefully future contests will restore some of the civility that was so sorely lacking this time around.
There are more avenues available to people looking to sling mud than ever before, with social media an increasingly common weapon of choice for those launching attacks and spreading fake news.
But voters would do well to reward candidates who instead use tools like this to focus on their plans to improve constituents' lives.
If politicians and their backers won't lead by example, maybe the rest of us should.