Ad­vance vot­ing kicks off this week

Piako Post - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ELECTION 2017

Vot­ing in the 2017 Gen­eral Election kicked off in earnest on Mon­day Septem­ber 11 when ad­vance vot­ing places opened, and will go through un­til election day on Satur­day Septem­ber 23.

The first EasyVote packs will start ar­riv­ing in vot­ers’ let­ter­boxes, with 3.16 mil­lion to be de­liv­ered over the next week.

EasyVote packs are be­ing sent to all vot­ers who were en­rolled be­fore Au­gust 23 and in­clude a per­son­alised EasyVote card which makes vot­ing quicker.

There are 485 ad­vance vot­ing places around the coun­try, up from 295 in 2014.

Open­ing hours vary be­tween vot­ing places to suit lo­cal needs.

‘‘There has been a big in­crease in ad­vance vot­ing over the past two elec­tions, so this election, we are pro­vid­ing even more vot­ing places in con­ve­nient lo­ca­tions where peo­ple can cast an early vote,’’ says Ali­cia Wright, Chief Elec­toral Of­fi­cer.

‘‘Peo­ple will also be able to en­rol, check or up­date their en­rol­ment de­tails at any ad­vance vot­ing place – so they’ll be able to en­rol and vote at the same time.’’

Ad­vance vot­ing places are lo­cated where peo­ple live, work, study and shop.

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