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The Electoral Roll Is The Largest It's Been Since Federation

Over 16 million on the roll.

The Electoral Roll Is The Largest It's Been Since Federation

After a strong campaign for Australians to register with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) ahead of the same-sex marriage postal vote, it has been revealed that there has been a huge surge in numbers on the electoral roll.

An additional one million updates were made to the electoral roll since the vote was announced on August 8, with over 16 million Australians enrolled and eligible to vote.


According to the AEC, this is the largest number of people since federation.

So far, 765,000 enrolment transactions have been processed, with another 165,000 still to be entered into the system over the weekend.


The key dates for the vote are detailed below.

Thursday, 24 August 2017 - Electoral Roll closes for new enrolments or changes to enrolments (midnight local time).

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - Commencement of mailing of forms and collection period.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 – Requests for replacement material closes (6pm local time).

Friday, 27 October 2017 – The date all eligible Australians will be strongly encouraged to return their form by.

Tuesday, 7 November (6pm EST) – No responses received after this date will be processed.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 – Statistics released.