Ballot boxes aim for more votes
Auckland Council is encouraging people to vote by giving them another option.
This is the first year that ballot boxes will be placed in public libraries for the duration of the voting period.
Auckland Council’s elections planning manager Glyn Walters says the council was told to expand the provision of ballot boxes in 2013 so the council put them in libraries for a limited period.
‘‘The ballot boxes provide greater choice and convenience for voters.’’
He says, with a decline in the number of post boxes on the streets, libraries are an accessible way to submit votes.
‘‘Libraries are popular places for people to frequent. It gives voters another option, particularly if they leave their vote until late or don’t know where their nearest post box is.’’
Walters says because libraries are very public, the security of ballot boxes is a concern and priority. The boxes will all be in a location where they’re visible to security cameras and at least one trained electoral officer will be present when the ballot box is.
‘‘Overnight voting papers are locked away in a safe and will be collected regularly,’’ he says.
In 2013, just over 11,500 votes, or 3.25 per cent, were received in ballot boxes. The voting period is from September 16 till October 8 at noon.