How to vote in the gen­eral elec­tion

The coun­try goes to the polls in just a few weeks. tells you what you need to know about get­ting en­rolled to vote.

The Napier Mail - - BACKYARD BANTER -

In case you hadn’t heard, there’s a gen­eral elec­tion com­ing up. Septem­ber 23, to be ex­act.

And while the build-up to this year’s elec­tion has come with its fair share of scan­dal, it shouldn’t be enough to put you off vot­ing. Here’s why.

Vot­ing in a gen­eral elec­tion – any elec­tion, for that mat­ter – is your demo­cratic right as a New Zealan­der to have your say on your fu­ture. By hav­ing your say on what you’d like the next gov­ern­ment to look like, you show that you care about the lives of your fam­ily, your neigh­bours on your street, the peo­ple who live in your city, and the rest of New Zealand.

It pays to be in­formed, though. Sim­ply turn­ing up to a polling booth on elec­tion day and go­ing ‘‘ee­nie mee­nie miney mo’’ isn’t enough to jus­tify the sticker you’ll get when you leave. Here’s what you need to know be­fore Septem­ber 23: demo­cratic duty, pop into se­lected polling booths around the coun­try from Mon­day, Septem­ber 11. Visit elec­tions.org.nz to find out which polling booths will be open early.

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