Here's What The Same-Sex Marriage Survey Looks Like

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released a sample of the same-sex marriage postal survey that voters will start receiving from today. Want to know exactly what's coming in the post? Here's what the form looks like.

This month, the country will participate in the Australian Marriage Law survey; a postal vote designed to gauge Australia's appetite for a change to the Marriage Act that would allow same-sex couples to be lawfully wed.

There has been a lot of confusion over what form the survey will take, with some claiming a "No" vote is actually a vote in favour of same-sex marriage due to the wording. As you can see from the below sample, this is not the case.

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The exact wording is: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”

If you believe same-sex marriage should be legal, you mark the "yes" box. If you believe otherwise, you mark the "no" box. (If you're undecided, leave the boxes blank or don't sent it back.) It really is that simple.

There's an outside chance you might receive a fake survey from campaigners looking to skew the results in their favour - carefully compare your form to the above sample and you should be okay.

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    What other materials accompany this form?

      From my understanding, nothing else but the survey.

      Will need to plan out how I am going to have my democracy sausage since it will be a postal vote.

        Do it on a Saturday and stop at Bunnings on your way to the post office.

        Not so much a democracy sausage as a non-binding survey sausage.

    Are there any instructions on what constitutes a valid 'mark'? A tick? An 'X'? What about a dot, or blocking out the whole box? We all know how pedantic bureaucrats can be, I won't be surprised if there's a scandal around how the votes are counted and what's considered a legitimate vote.

      The lack of clear instructions is odd. From memory, all election forms specifically ask you to mark an 'X' in the nominated boxes. It's probably safe to go with that.

      From what I understand they will be run through a machine like tax forms to automatically read them. They will notice any mark inside either box.

    ....and this is costing us how many millions of dollars. Bloody hell, there must be a better way.

    Holy geez, how will the posties keep up with the overflowing mailboxes everywhere? Especially when the form encourages the entire country to return the letter that day?
    I'm sure we'll hear the stories about the overloaded Australia Post soon. Just hope plans were made to accommodate the additional load on our postal system.

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