Last Chance to Use Your Voice, Wellington

8 October 2013

Are your local election voting papers sitting on the kitchen bench at home? Have you been meaning to complete the papers but haven’t quite got round to it yet? Now’s the time to do something about that – otherwise you, and your city, will miss out.

Voting closes at 12 noon this Saturday 12 October and if you want to return your voting papers by post, you’ll have to get them in the mail by the end of play tomorrow (Wednesday 9 October).

Wellington City Electoral Officer Charlie Inggs says voter turnout stands at 20.44 percent. “I’d like to see that figure much higher. Don’t miss the opportunity to use your voice – tell us who you want representing you and your community.

“Wellington City Council is a $400 million a year operation – who do you want to make the decisions about how that money is spent? Voting has a direct effect on how your city is run.”

He says candidate information is included with the voting papers and completed papers can also be hand-delivered to ballot boxes in city libraries or at the Council offices on Wakefield Street – with the after-hours option of a letterbox slot by the main entrance – before noon on Saturday.

If you don’t have voting papers but are eligible to vote, you’ll need to make a special vote. For more information, search ‘special voting’ at Wellington.govt.nz, contact the Electoral Officer on 499 4444 or visit the Wellington City Council offices on Wakefield Street. Charlie says special voting is already reaching unprecedented levels.

The elections taking place are for Wellington City Council (Mayor and Councillors), Greater Wellington Regional Council, Capital & Coast District Health Board and Tawa Community Board.