The Australian Bureau of Statistics has announced that almost 12.3 million Australians had returned their marriage survey forms by last Friday.
That’s 77% of eligible voters, and an increase of 400,000 from the ABS’ previous weekly estimate.
Last Friday was the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ suggested deadline for the posting of votes to ensure they’re received by the final deadline of 6pm on Tuesday, November 7.
But The Equality Campaign’s Tiernan Brady said survey forms that were posted in the next few days still have a good chance of making it in.
“There’s still time to have your voice heard even if you haven’t posted your ballot yet,” he said.
“It’s not too late. Don’t throw it in the bin, put it in the post.
“The deadline isn’t until November 7, so posting your ballot this week means it still can get there.
“Don’t expect marriage equality to get over the line with someone else’s vote.”
To find your nearest post office or postbox, you can enter your location into Australia Post’s Locator.
Alternatively, if you haven’t mailed your survey form yet and don’t want to risk the postal system, you also have the option of delivering it in person to the ABS office in your nearest capital city.
In Brisbane, the Australian Bureau of Statistics office at 295 Ann Street in the CBD is accepting forms from 8:30am to 4:30pm each day until November 7.
The ABS offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Geelong, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Darwin and Canberra are also accepting forms from 8:30am to 4:30pm each day. Find the address of your nearest office here.
If you’re in Tasmania’s north, local campaigner Rodney Croome said advocates have arranged drop-off points in Launceston, Burnie and Devonport, listed below. Survey forms received at these points by midday this Friday, November 3 will be express posted to the ABS.
Launceston: Office of Ross Hart MP, 100 St John Street (cnr York St)
Launceston: Office of Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, 37 George St
Burnie: Office of Justine Keay MP, Shop 2/32 Wilmont St
Devonport: Office of Senator Anne Urquhart, Ground Floor 69 Best St (opposite Kmart)
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has also advised that Australian voters using online response forms and the Interactive Voice Response have until 9pm (AEDT) on Tuesday November 7 to register their vote. These services are operating 24-hours a day, seven days a week until the deadline.
The result will be announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on November 15.