Plenty of op­tions for vot­ers

Central Leader - - LOCAL BODY ELECTIONS -

So your vot­ing pa­pers have ar­rived, what’s with all the choices? It’s straight­for­ward, known as the first-past-the-post vot­ing sys­tem, you get to choose one of 19 can­di­dates. The one with the most votes wins. Vot­ers qual­ify for vot­ing in one of Auck­land’s 13 ge­o­graph­i­cal wards. 20 ward coun­cil­lors sit on Auck­land Coun­cil’s Gov­ern­ing Body with the mayor. De­pend­ing on the size of your ward, you get to choose up to two can­di­dates us­ing first-past-the-post vot­ing. Like wards, vot­ers qual­ify to vote in one lo­cal board area, Auck­land re­gion has 21 lo­cal boards. Like ward vot­ing, lo­cal board vot­ing also uses first-past­the-post but there are more po­si­tions to fill. Auck­land’s lo­cal board sizes cur­rently range from 5 to 9 mem­bers. Auck­land re­gion’s three DHB’s, Waitem­ata, Auck­land and Coun­tiesManukau each has seven elected po­si­tions to fill us­ing the sin­gle trans­fer­able vot­ing sys­tem. Vot­ers rank their DHB choices in order of pref­er­ence, if clear winners aren’t found on the first round, de­scend­ing pref­er­ences are counted to de­ter­mine the win­ning can­di­dates. Once the win­ning elected can­di­dates are found, cen­tral gov­ern­ment ap­points four more DHB mem­bers to each DHB. De­pend­ing on where you live you may be el­i­gi­ble to vote on who gets elected to one of Auck­land’s five Liquor Li­cens­ing Trusts. The trusts is­sue liquor li­censes in cer­tain ar­eas of Auck­land.

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