Plenty of options for voters
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.