Voting opens in 2016 local council elections

Tararua voters will be able to cast their votes in the 2016 local council elections from Saturday 17 September 2016.

Voting papers are being mailed to registered voters on Friday 16 September, with all papers expected to be delivered by Friday 23 September. People who have not received their papers by then should contact Tararua District Council, Electoral Officer, Sandy Lowe, 06 374 4080.

Voting papers must be received by the council before midday on Election Day, 8 October 2016. 

The voting papers will use First Past the Post (FPP).  For the FPP system, voters are required to put a tick alongside the candidate(s) they wish to vote for.

In your voting pack, you will also receive your District Health Board papers, which will use the STV voting system to elect its members. Voting papers will contain clear instructions on how to vote.

“People should read their papers carefully before casting their vote to ensure they are using the right voting method,” says Sandy Lowe.

“Although electoral rolls have now closed, people can still enrol to vote. However, they will need to request special voting papers,” Sandy Lowe says.

“Voting closes at midday on 8 October. I would encourage anyone who has not yet registered to do so and cast a special vote. It’s their opportunity to have a say on how Tararua is run over the next three years.”

Enrolment forms and information are available from New Zealand Post, Electoral Commission website  and Tararua District Council Service Centres.

In 2013 Tararua District Council recorded a 50.7% per cent turnout, pleasingly above the national average. Local Government New Zealand’s Vote 2016 campaign aims to lift nationwide voter turnout in local elections to more than 50 per cent – a first since the 1980s.  The national Vote2016 campaign has show-cased the value local government provides to communities across the country, with a strong focus on inspiring more New Zealanders to vote.

For further information, please contact:

Electoral Officer, Sandy Lowe, telephone 06 374 4080

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