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Voters need to register

Last updated 05:00 24/07/2013

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Voters are being urged to have their say on Auckland's future in this year's local body elections.

But thousands of people still need to enrol or update their details before the cut-off date of August 16.

The elections will be in October.

Registrar of electors Kenneth Lam says it is vital people make sure the Electoral Commission has their correct information.

That is because the election for the mayoralty, council, local board and district health board spots is a postal vote, meaning thousands of voting papers could end up at the wrong address.

Maori, Pacific and young voters are the hardest groups to reach, Mr Lam says.

The commission uses several different methods to get the message out to those groups.

Social media sites like Facebook play a part, and staff visit schools, churches, private training organisations and Work and Income.

And Mr Lam says more workers are also being recruited to extend the commission's reach into the community.

To get an enrolment form phone 0800 367 656, freetext 3676, go to, or visit a PostShop. If you are already enrolled visit the website to update your details.

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