A photo claiming to show how the supposedly secret same-sex marriage postal vote can be seen through the envelope created controversy online. The image appears to show a gay marriage vote form with the ‘no’ box ticked being illuminated through the envelope with a torch. The photo began circulating on social media after a concerned voter saw the image pop up on his Facebook news feed. ‘So we wasted $122 million on a survey where a torch can reveal the answer through the reply envelope it came with.’ The person who posted the photo said they would ‘be voting yes… if it will even be counted now after this stuff up’.
Online discussion centred on speculation that people could use torches to tamper with the vote, potentially corrupting the process. ‘We are also working closely with the authorities to maintain the integrity of the mail network.’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Australian Bureau of Statistics for comment.
Voting in the same-sex marriage postal vote runs until November 7, with the vote set to determine if Australia becomes the 25th country to legalise gay marriage.