It seems the world is watching what happens with Australia’s same-sex marriage postal vote next month – or at lease one woman the world loves to watch.
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who married her long-time partner, Australian actress Portia de Rossi in 2008 – a marriage not recognised in Australia – told her 72 million followers on Twitter today that Australians should enrol to vote and “It’s time for marriage equality”.
Australia, I love you. It's time for marriage equality. Make sure you're enrolled to vote right now. https://t.co/O9XeCFljVq
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 23, 2017
Her tweet included a link to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website.
And there’s been a fair bit of Hollywood star power encouraging Australians to get on the electoral roll before it’s closed off at midnight tonight ahead of the postal ballot.
With just 24 hours left, Australian actor Chris Hemsworth urged people to enrol on Instagram, attracting more than 110,000 likes. His call to action was also posted by his future sister-in-law Miley Cyrus, who is engaged to brother, actor Liam Hemsworth, and has 71 million followers.
“Vote 4 Marriage Equality! Aussies are some of the most beautifully free spirited and open minded people I’ve ever gotten the chance to meet!” Cyrus wrote.
“Everyone deserves to love and marry who they choose! I will be even more proud to call myself Aus by association ;) if this law is passed!”
US singer Meghan Trainor also joined in with her 8.8 million followers:
Trainor also spoke out after the unauthorised use of her image plus a paraphrasing of some of her song lyrics were used in a “no” campaign ad.
— melanie morgan (@melanie_mogs) August 23, 2017
I SUPPORT MARRIAGE EQUALITY!Someone in Australia is illegally using my picture for a campaign against marriage equality. So wrong. Not okay
— Meghan Trainor (@Meghan_Trainor) August 23, 2017
It was subsequently taken down.
Australian actress Margot Robbie was an early campaigner for people to enrol.
— Margot Robbie (@MargotRobbie) August 15, 2017
The AEC says nearly 55,000 people have enrolled in the past fortnight and an additional 577,879 enrolled voters have checked or updated their details.
But more than 500,000 people aged between 18 and 39 are missing from the roll. Enrolment rates are lowest for people aged 18-24 at just 85.4%, with an estimated 279,000 voters missing from the roll. Another 257,000 25 to 39 year olds are missing, with the enrolment rate at 93.9%, below the national average of 95.1%.
You can enrol online here.
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