Have your say on the big day
Residents not already enrolled to vote in the upcoming election are urged to do so by August 23, to make the process quicker.
Electoral Commission Chief Electoral Officer Alicia Wright says if people enrol after this date they’ll need to cast a special vote, which takes longer.
‘‘It’ll be easier to vote if you enrol by 23 August. You’ll get an EasyVote pack in the mail with lists of the candidates, locations of voting places and an EasyVote card which will make voting quicker on the day.’’
In 2014, 77.65 per cent of the 45,060 people enrolled in the Northland electorate voted.
The Northland electorate extends from a line between Leigh on the east coast and the Kaipara Harbour on the west coast including Wellsford, to Cape Reinga, but excludes Whangarei. The major towns include Kaitaia, Russell, Kerikeri, Kaikohe, Dargaville and Mangawhai Heads.
Only 67.62 per cent of the 34,504 enrolled to vote in Te Tai Tokerau voted in 2014.
Te Tai Tokerau encompasses all of Northland, with the southern boundary being Auckland’s Harbour Bridge, the electorate also includes the west Auckland communities of Te Atatu South and Waitakere City. Other cities and towns within the electorate include Whangarei, Kaitaia, Paihia, Russell, Kerikeri and Dargaville.
At the last election, only 55 percent of Maori aged 18 to 29 voted. In response the Government launched a $2 million programme aimed at boosting electoral participation among Maori.
The campaign, branded ‘For Future’s Sake Vote - #FFS Vote’, will use social media and community activities to raise awareness.
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell encourages more Maori to register and cast their vote.
Overseas voting starts on September 6, with advance voting from September 11 to 22. On the big day, polling places will be open from 9am to 7pm.
Wright also encourages residents to vote.
‘‘This September, we get to choose who will represent us in Parliament and make decisions that affect our lives every day. By voting, you can have your voice heard on the things that matter to you and people you care about. Your vote is important.’’