Electorate officers aim to boost enrolment
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.