Ask LH: When Do We Get The Same-Sex Marriage Survey Results?

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Dear Lifehacker, there's been a lot of coverage about the voting and enrolment deadlines for the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. However, I'm finding it difficult to get a release date for the results. When do we get to find out which way Australians voted? Is there going to be a huge wait like with the Census? Thanks, Rainbow Warrior

Dear RW,

The good news is that the turnaround time for the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey is expected to be quite fast. Unlike the Australian Census, the survey consists of a single question which should make the ABS' job a lot easier.

The survey results will be published on the ABS website on 15 November 2017. That's just eight days after the survey officially closes. (Although you actually need to post your form by 27 October to ensure it's counted.)

You may have heard that the ABS will be publishing the results of the survey with a 'participation rate' by age and gender for each electoral division, state/territory and national. The ABS will obtain this information from the electoral roll. However, the answer to the central question of the survey will remain anonymous.

If you don't have your form, need to change your address or aren't sure how to vote, you can find the relevant steps here, here and here.

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    When do I get my survey form?!

      You should receive your form by September 26. If not, you'll need to request a replacement from the ABS.

        Thanks. I found that out the other day. I'm just surprised mine hasn't arrived when my housemate's has (... and yes I am on the roll).

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