The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released a sample of the voting form it will send out from today for the same-sex marriage postal survey.
There is little on the survey form other than the question itself: Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?
More than 16 million voters are eligible to vote in the survey — and the ABS says it will take two weeks to send out forms to all of them. Everyone on the electoral roll should have a form by September 25.
Many of those are first-time voters, with 90,000 people joining the roll in the lead-up to the survey. That is potentially good news for ‘yes’ campaigners who believe many of them are young Australians wishing to vote for change.
The sample survey form also includes a reminder that the final deadline to return your vote is 6pm on November 7. Voters will be given a reply-paid envelope to send their form back to the ABS.
The chief statistician is expected to announce the result just before midday on Wednesday, November 15.
If the vote is ‘yes’ there is likely to be a swift vote in parliament and same-sex marriage could become law before the end of the year.
If the vote is ‘no’ then there will be no immediate change.