Marriage equality postal plebiscite: Everything you NEED to know
However you may feel about the $122million same-sex marriage postal plebiscite, the reality is, it is happening. Not the vote to legalise same-sex marriage, but a vote to say the government should allow a vote to happen at the end of the year in November (note the language, should , meaning that parliament doesn't HAVE to proceed with a bill, but "should" based on the people's decision). A "no" result in this plebiscite means no bill will proceed (and will most likely get shelved), according to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
It's not compulsory to vote in the plebiscite, but as we all learned with other global non-mandatory votes, such as Brexit, not voting when you've been blessed to live in a democratic country almost ensures the turnout may not representative - particularly when it presented in a tricky postal vote, like this one.
In saying that, many advocates are calling for a boycott to de-legitimise the plebiscite, including Former High Court Judge Michael Kirby who claimed it makes him and the community it impacts, feel like a second-class citizen. Now, we're not telling you what to do and we don't disagree that this vote hurts the LGBTIQ communities in so many ways it's unfathomable, we do know that not voting could just result in not having your voice heard at all. And we all want our voices heard because, let's be honest, it's bullsh*t.
If you're not already enrolled to vote with the AEC (that means if you voted in the last election and still have the same address), then you have until 6pm on August 24 to get on the list. Those who are eligible to enrol include Australian Citizens and some Brits living in Australia over 18. You can still register to vote if you are under 18 and you'll be enrolled as soon as you turn 18. If you're overseas, you can still vote if you register as an overseas voter with the ABS more info here.
For more information, you can call the AEC on 13 23 26 or +61 6160 2600.
Everyone who is enrolled to vote will start receiving their ballot papers from September 12. Don't lose these - get them back in the mail by November 7. Despite it being 2017, there is no way to vote online, it's all stamps, paper and post boxes. How retro! Just like the government's outdated ideas! So if you intend on being part of the plebicite, gget. Your.Vote.In.The.Post.
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