Voting by snail mail? Then do it by today’s end
If you want your vote to be counted in the local body election – you must post your papers by the end of today.
Otherwise, you have until 12pm on Saturday to drop your voting papers into any council office in the district.
Matamata- Piako electoral officer Sandy Barnes said taking part in the elections was an extremely simple process.
‘‘You tick it, pack it and post it – or drop it into the nearest office,’’ she said.
Councils are responsible for community services such as water, roads and recycling and it’s up to voters to have a say on how these are provided.
‘‘It’s about local democracy and your vote counting,’’ said Ms Barnes.
‘‘These are the people that are going to make decisions on local issues for the next three years.
‘‘It’s important to have your say on who you want those people to be.’’
Five people are chasing the seat for mayor for Matamata- Piako and there are eight candidates running for four Matamata Ward positions.
The new Waihou Ward on Waikato Regional Council, which covers Matamata, has four candidates chasing two seats.
Matamata voters will also help to elect seven people onto the Waikato District Health Board.
As of Monday night, Matamata had the highest voter turnout for Matamata-Piako – with 30.89 per cent of votes in.
Te Aroha was sitting at 28.53 per cent and Morrinsville was trailing at 26.12 per cent.
During the last two local body elections, 41 per cent of the total Matamata- Piako voting population took part.
‘‘We generally get a lot of votes in the last few days,’’ said Ms Barnes.
‘‘We have had 13 special votes just today [Monday] and 51 so far in total.’’
Election day is this Saturday and initial results will be announced after the close of voting, with official results released between October 17 and 23.
For more information on the local body elections contact electoral officer Sandy Barnes on 07 884 0060 or see mpdc.govt.nz