Elec­torate of­fi­cers aim to boost en­rol­ment

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

Elec­tion work­ers have been hit­ting the streets of the Mt Al­bert elec­torate try­ing to in­crease the num­ber of reg­is­tered vot­ers.

Only 89 per­cent of the elec­torate’s 50,300 el­i­gi­ble vot­ers are on the roll, com­pared with the na­tional av­er­age of 93 per­cent.

Reg­is­trar Sharon Reece says peo­ple aged be­tween 18 and 29 are the main group they’re try­ing to reach.

Just 62 per­cent of peo­ple aged 18 to 24 are en­rolled, while 70 per­cent of 25 to 29year-olds have signed up.

Field of­fi­cers have been sent to shop­ping malls and su­per­mar­kets to en­cour­age vot­ers to en­rol. In all other age groups, the per­cent­age of peo­ple reg­is­tered to vote is in the high 90s.

The 2005 elec­tion saw 94 per­cent of Mt Al­bert’s el­i­gi­ble vot­ers en­rol and 80 per­cent turn out to vote.

Peo­ple not en­rolled can still do so, but have to cast a spe­cial vote on Novem­ber 8. Visit www.elec­tions. org.nz or visit a PostShop for more in­for­ma­tion.

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