16 mil­lion can vote on mar­riage

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

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 an­nounce- ment 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 mid­cy­cle.’’

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

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 — Tom Rogers

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