A woman has found 17 unopened same-sex marriage postal votes dumped behind her carport in Brunswick, Melbourne.
The teacher found the stash of letters, which were addressed to houses in the surrounding streets, after she returned home from a holiday on Monday.
The woman, who is in a same-sex relationship and has two young children, says the incident reveals the major faults in the system, which will have its results announced on November 15.
“The upsetting thing is not so much how it happened but that it shows how completely inefficient the process is,” she told Fairfax Media.
“It’s not a true representation of people’s views if people may or may not vote or may not follow up their voting paper.”
She has since handed the voting papers over to the police, as per the instructions of the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
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