12.6 million Australians have voted in same-sex marriage survey

Australians have had their say in the gay marriage debate, with more than 12.6 million ballots received before the survey officially closed.

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Equality Campaign Australia

Australians have had their say in the same-sex marriage debate, with more than 12.6 million ballots received before the survey officially closed. According to the latest estimate, 78.5 per cent of eligible voters had returned a ballot as of Friday.

Same-sex marriage advocates today issued a public call for anyone who’d left it until the last minute to hand-deliver their vote by the 4.30pm cut-off. “We are grateful for the amount of Australians who have participated in this process,” equality campaign Alex Greenwich told reporters outside the Australian Bureau of Statistics office in Sydney.

The ABS will now devote its resources to counting the ballots before the result is announced and published on its website on November 15.

The participation rate will be higher than 78.5 per cent with thousands of last-minute votes still to count.

It’s expected a majority of voters will have said Yes to gay marriage.