What you need to know to have your say
Auckland’s registered voters will soon be getting voting forms in their mailboxes.
The question is what are all these different positions I’m voting on and how do I vote?
This guide isn’t telling you who to vote for, it’s explaining the various voting formats used to fill different roles from the mayor to liquor licensing trusts.
Come October 8, Aucklanders will have chosen from 603 people running for 226 local body positions. 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-past-the-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.
Go to aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/ EN/licencesregulations for more information on the trusts.
Auckland Council provides information on its governance structure and elections, go to aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/ AboutCouncil/HowCouncilWorks or phone 09 301 0101.
The Electoral Commission offers tons of information and advice while also helping you enrol correctly and getting your voting papers, go to elections.org.nz or phone 0800 36 76 56.
Voting for District Health Board (DHB) members In a previously published version of this story it was incorrectly stated that Auckland residents are automatically enrolled to vote in the local elections. There is not automatic enrolment in New Zealand. Anyone who was not correctly enrolled to vote by 12 August must enrol with the Electoral Commission by 7 October and request special voting papers from the Auckland Council to vote in the local elections. Call 0800 36 76 56 or visit www.elections.org.nz to enrol or update your enrolment details. Contact the Auckland Council’s Electoral Officer on 09 973 5212 or 0800 922 822 or email email@example.com to request special voting papers. Anyone who was correctly enrolled by 12 August will receive their voting papers in the mail by 21 September.