Ballots For Australia’s Marriage Equality Survey Being Sold On eBay

"It seems every day or two someone has a crack at listing a form," said a rep from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Ballots for Australia’s current survey on same-sex marriage are being sold on online auction sites, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

It’s believed less than 30 ballots have been posted on sites like eBay and Gumtree, and most were flagged and removed before going live.

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“It seems every day or two someone has a crack at listing a form,” Deputy Australian Statistician Jonathon Palmer told ABC Radio. “I think it’s a bit of a joke, frankly.”

Survey forms were mailed out this month and must be returned by November 7, with the results expected to be announced on November 15.

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“When you send out 16 million forms I’m sure there is going to be a few incidents,” added Palmer. “I think it is running smoothly.”

While the poll is non-binding, it’s expected legislators will use it to inform their votes. Activists have opposed the survey, concerned it would fuel homophobia in the country: Anti-LGBT ads and commercials have already cropped up in several major cities, including one in Melbourne asking voters to “Stop the Fags.”

Last week, a skywriter wrote “Vote No” in the sky over Sydney.

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