Marriage equality campaigners have welcomed the Australian Electoral Commission’s announcement that there are more Australians on the electoral roll than ever before ahead of next month’s marriage postal survey.
More than 16 million Australians are enrolled and eligible to participate in next month’s marriage postal survey, the largest electoral roll since Federation, the Australian Electoral Commission has said.
The AEC said they’d processed an “extraordinary” 765,000 enrolment transactions since the announcement of the survey on August 8. Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers said work would continue on more than 165,000 transactions that were still to be processed, after which he expected the already “record high” number of Australians enrolled to increase.
The Equality Campaign Executive Director Tiernan Brady said this meant Australians understood they “can’t be complacent” about the reform.
“This amazing result is a tribute to the thousands of people around the country that have made this happen,” he said.
“It’s also a reflection of the amount of energy that will be required if our LGBTI friends and family members are to win the same dignity and status as other Australians.
“We are not complacent about this at all. This may be one of the most successful enrolment campaigns but if we are to achieve equality, supporters need to ensure they vote ‘yes’ and post their ballots back.
“People know this campaign is about their friends and family and that’s why we’ve seen this record number of people enrolling to have their opinions heard.”