AUSTRALIANS have until just midnight tonight (Thursday) to enroll or update their details with the Australian Electoral Commission so they can have their say in the upcoming same-sex marriage postal survey.
More than 54,000 new voters have enrolled in the last two weeks, while more than half-a-million people have logged on to the AEC website to update their details.
Meanwhile, MTV Australia has thrown its weight behind the yes campaign and replaced 12 hours of its regular programming with an automated message, urging its youthful audience to register to vote before it’s too late.
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The popular network has scrapped today’s usual lineup of music and entertainment programs to air a visual loop containing a pro-marriage equality message and the address to the AEC website.
The blackout will affect MTV, MTV Music, MTV Classive and MTV Dance from 6am to 6pm.
Head of MTV Asia Pacific Simon Bates said it was important for the network to show its support.
“As a leading youth entertainment brand that supports inclusiveness and equal rights for all Australians, MTV wants to encourage young Australians to get out and do their part in ensuring their voices are heard,” he said.
Forms for the postal vote will start being mailed out to eligible Australians from Tuesday, 12 September.
They’ll come with a reply paid envelope, with Australians encouraged to mail their forms back to the AEC by Friday, 27 October. Responses received after November 7 will not be processed.
The results of the $122 million non-binding vote will be published on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website on Wednesday, November 15.
To register to vote or update your address to ensure you receive your ballot, visit the Australian Electoral Commission’s website.
For more information on the postal vote, formally known as the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, click here.