Voting opens this coming weekend

Clutha District Council Media Release

Monday, 12 September 2016

Voting opens in 2016 local council elections this coming weekend

Clutha District voters will be able to cast their votes in the 2016 local council elections from this weekend, starting Saturday, 17 September.

Voting papers will be mailed to registered voters later this week, with all papers expected to be delivered by Wednesday 21 September.

People who have not received their papers by then should contact Clutha District Council’s Deputy Electoral Officer Alan Dickson on 0800 801 350.

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

The voting papers will use the First Past the Post (FPP) voting system.

For the FPP system voters are required to put a tick alongside the candidate(s) they wish to vote for.

Voting papers will contain clear instructions on how to vote.

“People should read their papers carefully before casting their vote,” said Mr Dickson.

Although electoral rolls have now closed, people can still enrol to vote. However, they will need to request special voting papers,” he added.

“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 our district is run over the next three years.”

In 2013 Clutha District Council recorded a 50 per cent voter turnout, a decrease on the 59 per cent from 2010.

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.

For further information please contact:

Deputy Electoral Officer Alan Dickson

0800 801 350

ENDS

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