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Bigger than Brexit: 77% of Aussies have voted so far in same-sex marriage survey

Bigger than Brexit: 77% of Aussies have voted so far in same-sex marriage survey

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More Aussies have voted in the same-sex marriage postal survey than Brits did for Brexit.

Latest figures from Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showed almost 12.3 million Australians or 77% of voters have returned their postal survey forms. That’s an increase of 400,00 from the previous week’s tally.

The voter turnout for Brexit was 72.2%

The Equality Campaign’s, Tiernan Brady, said survey forms that were posted in the next few days still had a good chance of making the deadline.

‘We welcome the high turnout of voters because it shows that Australians are passionate about getting marriage equality done,’ Brady said.

‘There’s still time to have your voice heard even if you haven’t posted your ballot yet. The deadline isn’t until the 7th of November, so posting your ballot this week means it still can get there.

‘It’s not too late. Don’t throw it in the bin, put it in the post.’

Brady reinforced the Equality Campaign’s message that people should not be complacent that marriage equality would win without their vote.

‘Don’t expect marriage equality to get over the line with someone else’s vote. If you want marriage equality to happen you have to make your voice heard,’ he said.

Post or drop-off your vote

Another option was for people to hand deliver their forms to one of the remaining ABS drop-off centres.

‘If you don’t want to risk the postal system, you have the option of going in person to the drop-off centres and hand delivering your form. You can do this right up until 4.30pm on 7 November,’ said The Equality Campaign’s Shirleene Robinson.

‘We can only guarantee equality by sending a strong YES result to politicians.

‘And that means everyone needs to get their YES vote back to the ABS in whichever way guarantees its arrival before the final deadline of 6pm, 7 November.’