The same-sex marriage postal surveys have been making their way around Australia, but those who haven’t received their ballot paper yet are getting a little frazzled, as they’re worried they won’t be able to have their say on marriage equality.
We’re here to let you know what you need to do if you haven’t received your same-sex marriage postal vote, or if you think it may have gone missing.
Firstly, be patient
Annoying as it is (as the fate of so many gorgeous same-sex couples hangs in the balance), we have to patient with the post. Australia Post isn’t renowned for its speed, so there’s a chance your ballot hasn’t arrived yet.
The surveys are actually being sent out in a staggered send, meaning some areas will get them before others — so if you’ve seen your friends posting pics about it, don’t freak out (but do tell them to delete their picture, because that can invalid their vote).
Postal votes have started arriving in Sydney this week, but they are working on a 'burb by 'burb strategy, so hold out at least until September 25 before you report it missing.
If your ballot paper hasn’t arrived by September 25
Now is the time to make some calls. If your postal survey hasn’t arrived in your letter box — or it has, and it’s damaged (by rain or dickheads), then you should call 1800 572 113 to request a new one.
The same solution applies for those who have moved, or didn’t update their address before the electoral roll. Call the number and order a new form, or apply online at www.marriagesurvey.abs.gov.au.
When you request a new form in this way, it will be sent to your current address and the vote sent to the old address will be made invalid.
Once you receive your new postal vote, fill it out and post it back ASAP as all votes need to be in by October 27.
If you don’t have the ability to fill out your form
If you’re overseas or injured/have a disability that will prevent you from being able to fill out your form, you can elect a ‘trusted person’ to fill it out on your behalf.
To do this you need to formally appoint a person to do it for you. You don’t need to notify the ABS about your election of that person, but it might be a good idea to get a recording or some form of proof that this is your ‘trusted person’.
Once you’ve selected your peep, communicate your response to them and get them to fill it in accordingly. They should then seal the form in the provided envelope and pop it in the post box for you.
Alternatively, you can contact the National Relay Service for help, where you will get a secure access code, meaning you will be able to give your response over the phone through an automated telephone vote.
When we will find out the results of the same-sex marriage postal vote?
Results will be published on the ABS website on November 15, 2017.
Supposedly, if the majority of the results are screaming YES, then Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull has said that he will introduce legislation to approve same-sex marriage — which will then go to a vote in parliament before the end of 2017.
This is why it’s really important that we gather up as many YES votes as possible, in order to make it really hard for politicians to ignore that marriage equality is wanted (and needed) in Australia.
Go tick them YES boxes and pop them in the post ASAP!