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16 million can vote on marriage

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September 07, 2017

A record number of Australians are enrolled with the Australian Electoral Commission ahead of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.

MORE than 16 million Australians are enrolled to vote and will be eligible to participate in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has processed an extraordinary 765,000 enrolment transactions since the announcement of the survey, and as of the end of last week, there were more than 165,000 transactions still to be processed.

More than 90,000 of the 765,000 processed were new additions to the roll, making it the largest electoral roll since Federation.

Electoral commissioner Tom Rogers said the AEC had maintained the high enrolment rate at the previous federal election before the announcement of the marriage survey, leading to a new record high.

‘‘An estimated 95 per cent of eligible Australians were enrolled at the 2016 Federal Election, increasing marginally to 95.3 per cent at July 31,’’ he said.

‘‘We expect this to reach a record high once processing has been completed.

‘‘The maintenance of the roll is a significant achievement given the trend throughout recent electoral cycles for enrolment rates to dip mid-cycle.’’

The AEC will provide final enrolment figures for the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey next week.

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