Vot­ing pa­pers out now

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

De­ci­sion time is al­most upon the city’s el­i­gi­ble vot­ers.

Vot­ing pa­pers for the lo­cal body elec­tions have been posted and should be with most peo­ple now.

Pa­pers were sched­uled for de­liv­ery be­tween last Fri­day and to­day and are to be filled out and re­turned by Oc­to­ber 12.

Elec­toral of­fi­cer Bruce Thomas urges Auck­lan­ders not to leave their vote un­til the last minute and to make full use of web­site voteauck­land.co.nz to help them make an in­formed de­ci­sion.

‘‘We are en­ter­ing one of the most ex­cit­ing and chal­leng­ing pe­ri­ods in Auck­land’s his­tory and it is im­por­tant for vot­ers to choose the can­di­dates they think can make a dif­fer­ence in their com­mu­ni­ties,’’ Mr Thomas says.

The vot­ing in­for­ma­tion web­site has pro­files of all 470 can­di­dates stand­ing for mayor, gov­ern­ing body, lo­cal boards, district health boards and li­cens­ing trusts, he says.

‘‘It also has key in­for­ma­tion on the vot­ing process and how peo­ple can make sure they don’t miss out.’’

The rec­om­mended last day to post pa­pers to make sure they ar­rive in time is Oc­to­ber 9.

Those who don’t re­ceive vot­ing pa­pers by to­day should check they are en­rolled by go­ing to elec­tions.org.nz or call­ing 0800 36 76 56.

If not, reg­is­ter by Oc­to­ber 11 to be able to cast a spe­cial vote.

To cast a spe­cial vote, peo­ple will need to visit the Elec­toral Of­fice at 45 Queen St, in the city.

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