Australians Warned Their Same-Sex Survey Habits
The Australian Bureau of Statistics is warning people not to post pictures online that reveal the unique barcode on their same-sex marriage survey forms over concerns it could harm the results.
Marriage postal surveys have already begun arriving in Australian mailboxes but some people are taking to social media to upload images of their forms, with some even leaving their personal details and unique barcodes in clear view.
The barcode, which is in the bottom right corner of every form, is used to link a specific form to an eligible voting Australian.
The purpose of it is to ensure no one can respond to the survey more than once.
While the ABS has confirmed the unique barcode will not be counted more than once, the independent statistical agency has warned those who share their forms online are at heightened risk of having their vote tampered with.
An ABS spokesman said while there wasn't a genuine threat of widespread fraud he urged people to take extra precautions to protect their individual vote.
"Posting personal information of any sort online is generally ill-advised and this is no exception," he said