More peo­ple to ad­vance vote

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - DAISY HUD­SON

Ran­gi­tata re­mains slightly ahead of na­tional en­rol­ment rates as early vot­ing for the gen­eral elec­tion kicks off.

There has been an in­crease in the num­ber of ad­vance vot­ing places around the coun­try, with more peo­ple ex­pected to vote early this elec­tion.

Ad­vance vot­ing be­gan on Mon­day.

As of Septem­ber 5, the most up to date fig­ures avail­able, 89.44 per cent of el­i­gi­ble vot­ers in the Ran­gi­tata elec­torate had en­rolled.

That fig­ure was higher in the Waitaki elec­torate, with 94.07 per cent en­rolled.

Na­tion­wide, 89.11 per cent of el­i­gi­ble vot­ers had en­rolled.

Older vot­ers are lead­ing the en­rol­ment rates in the elec­torate, with 97.46 per cent of vot­ers aged be­tween 65 - 69 en­rolled.

The age group with the low­est en­rol­ments so far was those aged be­tween 25 and 29, at 79.74 per cent.

EasyVote packs are due to start ar­riv­ing in vot­ers’ let­ter boxes this week, with 3.16 mil­lion to be de­liv­ered over the next week.

Chief elec­toral of­fi­cer Ali­cia Wright said 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 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,’’ she said.

‘‘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.’’

Ran­gi­tata vot­ers based in South Can­ter­bury will be able to cast an ad­vanced vote at a pop-up vot­ing cen­tre at 187-189 Stafford St, the Ti­maru In­door Bowls Sta­dium on Ranui Ave, or in Te­muka at St John’s Hall, 47 King St.

For vot­ers want­ing to cast an ad­vanced vote for the Waitaki elec­torate, that can be done in Fair­lie at the Macken­zie Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, the Li­brary Ser­vice Cen­tre in Geral­dine, the Mt Cook Com­mu­nity Hall at Mt Cook, Twizel Area School in Twizel, the Wai­mate Event Cen­tre, Cen­ten­nial Hall on Waito­hiTe­muka Rd, or at the two Ti­maru lo­ca­tions.

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