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One Man Is Trying To Sell His Same-Sex Ballot

The body overseeing the postal survey on same-sex marriage is working with online sales sites to take down listings of those trying to sell their ballots.

According to the ABC, one man has offered to sell his survey at a starting price of $1,500 on eBay.

"What is this plebiscite worth to you,” they wrote. “The reason I'm selling my vote is because either way I don't care but thought there are people who do."

Australians for Equality campaign executive director Tiernan Brady wants people to take the survey seriously.

"What do you think you're doing?” he asked. “This is a serious discussion about real people's lives."

Deputy Australian Statistician Jonathan Palmer says some auction items have been blocked before they've gone online.

He estimates the number is less than 30 and says others have been removed promptly.

"It seems every day or two someone has a crack at listing a form," he told ABC radio on Wednesday, thanking eBay and Gumtree for their co-operation. "I think it's a bit of a joke frankly."

"To date, eBay and Facebook have confirmed listing survey forms or survey responses for sale would not comply with their policies and they will block and remove any such listings," an ABS spokesman said in a statement.

All survey forms have now been lodged with Australia Post, with the last 20 per cent of ballots on their way to households.

If people don't receive theirs by September 25 they are encouraged to contact the Australian Bureau of Statistics. 

Key dates in Same Sex Marriage postal survey:

  • August 24 — the final day to register with the AEC if you want to take part in the survey
  • September 12 — survey forms start being sent out
  • September 25 — all forms are expected to have been sent
  • October 27 — forms are strongly encouraged to be returned by this date
  • November 7 — the final deadline to return surveys
  • November 15 — results are released at 11:30am

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