October 10, 2017 / 3:17 AM / in 12 days

Ten million Australians vote so far in same-sex marriage poll

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Ten million Australians, or 62.5 percent of eligible voters, have cast their votes so far in a postal ballot on whether same-sex marriage should be legalised, the Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics gay marriage law postal survey form is seen in this September 16, 2017 illustration image. REUTERS/Jason Reed/illustration/Files

That was up from an estimate of 9.2 million made a week ago.

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

The response rate already surpasses the 60.5 percent reached in Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum in 2015.

Reporting by Wayne Cole; Editing by Kim Coghill

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