MORE than 16 million Australians are enrolled to vote in the upcoming same-sex marriage survey, making it the largest enrollment since the birth of the nation, the Australian Electoral Commission has confirmed.
Of those 16 million, more than 90,000 are new voters who enrolled in just the last two weeks, suggesting a surge in young voters, while almost one million people logged on to the AEC website to update their address.
Since the announcement of the survey, the AEC says it has processed an “extraordinary” 765,000 enrollment transactions. An extra 165,000 were still waiting to be processed on Thursday night.
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Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers said that the AEC had maintained the high enrolment rate at the previous federal election prior to the announcement of the marriage survey, leading to a new record high.
“An estimated 95% of eligible Australians were enrolled at the 2016 federal election, increasing marginally to 95.3% at 31 July. We expect this to reach a record high once processing has been completed,” Mr Rogers said.
“The maintenance of the roll is a significant achievement given the trend throughout recent electoral cycles for enrollment rates to dip mid-cycle.”
The AEC says it will provide final enrollment figures for the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey next week.
The government will start mailing ballots to voters on Tuesday, September 12.
For more information on the survey and key dates to know, click here.