World More than half of eligible Australians have so far voted in same-sex marriage ballot

07:46  03 october  2017
07:46  03 october  2017 Source:   Reuters

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Australia kicks off same - sex marriage ballot 1:22. THE agency in charge of the national same - sex marriage postal survey says it’s ahead of schedule, but more than half of all Australians eligible to take part in the vote are yet to receive their ballots .

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Australians began voting last month in the non-binding poll, conducted by post, to inform the government on whether voters wanted Australia to become the 25th nation to permit same-sex marriage. The results of the poll will be declared on Nov. 15.

The first official update suggests a high turnout is likely despite the ballot being non-compulsory.

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Almost half of all Australians eligible to take part in the same - sex marriage postal survey will receive ballots before the weekend. More than four million forms have been delivered and millions more are expected to land in letterboxes on Friday, a Senate inquiry has been told.

Turnout levels will go a long way in determining whether Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull can finally resolve a topic that has dogged his tenure as leader and threatened to split his centre-right government along ideological grounds.

Low turnout would have seen the issue continue to dominate the political discourse whatever the result, underpinned by questions of legitimacy in a country used to compulsory voting.

The first official update on the progress of the same-sex marriage survey comes just a day after a Sky News ReachTel poll showed the 'yes' vote on track for a comprehensive victory.

More than 64 percent of those surveyed have sent back their ballot and voted 'yes', the poll showed, with a further six percent planning to support same-sex marriage.

A widespread victory may do little, however, to heal a divided the nation of 24 million people, which has split along religious and generational lines and at times has threatened to turn nasty, prompting parliament to strengthen laws preventing hate-speech.

(Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Paul Tait)

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