Vot­ing pa­pers are on their way

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

Vot­ing in lo­cal body elec­tions starts in two days.

The first postal bal­lets will be de­liv­ered na­tion­wide on Fri­day for elec­tions to the district and re­gional coun­cils and district health boards.

The vot­ing packs in­clude vot­ing pa­pers, an en­ve­lope for re­turn­ing votes and a can­di­date in­for­ma­tion book­let with in­for­ma­tion on all can­di­dates.

In the South Waikato Dis- trict the mayor is voted at large un­der the first past the post sys­tem.

The district is di­vided into three wards, there are six seats in the Toko­roa ward, three in Pu­taruru and one in Ti­rau. All of these are elected un­der first past the post. Vot­ers will be able to vote for as many can­di­dates as there are seats in the ward.

At the same time vot­ing for En­vi­ron­ment Waikato and Waikato District Health Board will take place.

There are two can­di­dates for the South Waikato con­stituency for EW.

There are more than 30 can­di­dates for the health board which is elected at large across the Waikato.

Un­like vot­ing for SWDC and EW the health board uses the sin­gle trans­fer­able vote sys­tem. This means rather than tick­ing pref­er­ences, vot­ers rank their choices by num­ber.

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