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How To Enrol In The Marriage Equality PlebisciteAug 16

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Ladies and gents, it’s official. A non-compulsory, non-binding plebiscite postal vote for marriage equality is about to take place, and it’s happening really soon.

Are your details up to date with the Australian Electoral Commission? Every vote counts as the biggest movement in Australian history for same-sex marriage rolls out in September. This follows a loss by the government to restore the plebiscite bill where an absolute majority of votes were needed to win. With a 31-31 final decision, the coalition’s hope to take the plebiscite to the polling booth was diminished. Instead, you can expect a postal vote arriving in your mailbox next month. However, in order to participate, your details must be updated before August 24.

Run by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, your postal vote will still be governed by your details on file with the AEC. Unlike the census, these letters won’t be delivered to every household. Instead, to each individual enrolled across the entirety of Australia with a non-compulsory system in place.

Terrifying figures outline that previous to last year’s federal election almost one million Australians weren’t on the enrolment books. This is a good indicator that if you’re one of the numbers, by enrolling you’ll definitely be making a difference.

The AEC’s campaign covering televised and radio advertisements are sure to have caught your eye and hopefully those of the newly turned 18-year-olds too.

This vote is such an important one. Love is love. As we’ve seen in other areas of the world, positive marriage equality votes have resulted in joyous celebrations where happiness is in full fruition and couples are finally able to tie the knot without the need to elope or to have their love seen as less.

So what can you do? Register to vote and put a big tick in the yes box. A basic human right surely shouldn’t have come to this however now is your chance to have your say. Say yes to marriage equality when voting in this year’s plebiscite, let’s win this one – for love!

 

Feature Image: Courtney & Laura by Carly Tia Photography.

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