BIG TURNOUT: More than half of Australian voters have already submitted their same-sex marriage survey

Ian Thorpe in the yes campaign ad. Source: screenshot

More than nine million survey forms in the Australian government’s same-sex marriage postal survey have already been returned according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The ABS, which is conducting the vote, released the first of its weekly estimates today, concluding that by Friday, September 29, 57.5% of survey forms – 9.2 million – had been posted back to them.

ABS deputy statistician, Jonathan Palmer, who is leading the survey taskforce stressed that the estimate is based on the bulk containers of returned forms and not a count of individual or processed forms.

“We hope that this update will serve as a reminder to those who have not submitted their form to do so promptly if they wish to have their say,” he said.

There is no indication at this stage of how people voted in the survey.

If you haven’t received your form, or it was lost or damaged, contact the ABS via its website or call them on 1800 572 113 for a new survey. Requests for new forms close on Friday, October 20.

The ABS plans to release estimate figures on the number of survey forms weekly until the voluntary ballot closes on November 7.

It will announce the results of the survey on November 15.

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