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The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has encouraged locals to enrol to vote and check their official enrolment details to make sure they have their say on proposed changes to the Marriage Act.

Mr Chester said people who have recently turned 18 or changed their address should make sure they are properly registered.

Mr Chester has urged locals to contact the Australian Electoral Commission on 13 23 26 or check their enrolment online at check.aec.gov.au

“At the last election, we made a promise to the Australian people that they would have their say on the issue of same sex marriage and it’s important that people who are eligible to vote are properly registered,” Mr Chester said.

“Australians want to have their say. We trust them and want to give them that opportunity.”

The Federal Government is proceeding with a voluntary postal vote plebiscite with details to be advertised in coming weeks.

Australians not already on the role have until August 24 to register with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).

“I encourage all Gippslanders to take part in the postal vote and have their voice heard,” Mr Chester.

“The first step is to check AEC enrolment details to make sure you receive a postal vote.”

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