Voting papers on the way

by Paul Campbell

Decision time is approaching in Kaipara and across the country, with voting papers in the mail this week for the triennial elections of regional councils, city and district councils, community and local boards district health boards and licensing trusts.

Voting documents are being delivered to households between September 20 and 25. Electors can post the documents back to electoral officers as soon as they have voted.

Polling day is on October 12 and voting documents must be at the council before noon. Preliminary results, or once all ‘ordinary’ votes are counted, will be available as soon as possible afterwards.

Official results (including all valid ordinary and special votes) should be declared in the following week. Anyone now not on the roll but entitled to vote will have to cast a ‘special vote’.

Electors may also cast a special vote if their voting papers are lost or damaged, or if they can satisfy the electoral officer that it would be too difficult to cast an ordinary vote.

Those wanting to cast a special vote must contact the electoral officer by the day before polling day at the latest.