Just under 18,000 correction letters will be sent out to people in Wellington's southern ward after a candidate's name was misspelt on local election voting papers.
The first voting papers for local council and district health board elections appeared in people's mailboxes on Friday. By Wednesday, everyone should them.
Voters have until midday on October 12 to fill in their papers and return them.
But the election is off to a bumpy start in Wellington's southern ward, where council candidate Donald McDonald's surname was spelt incorrectly on voting papers as ''MacDonald''.
Wellington City Council electoral officer Charlie Inggs said the mistake was an oversight by council staff.
''All of our documents are correct except the final one, so somewhere along the line there's been a human error with the printing and proofing,'' he said.
''I've spoken to Donald. His request was to send out a correction ... and he was quite satisfied when I said that's what we would do.''
Otherwise, the election process was on track, Mr Inggs said. A radio and advertising campaign reminding people to vote would be launched as soon as all the papers were mailed out.
In the last local body elections, in 2010, about 40 per cent of Wellington City Council voting papers were returned, which was on par with other major centres across the country.
Mr Inggs said he was hoping for a better result this year, as most voters should now be used to the Single Transferable Vote system, which has been in place since 2004.
Greater Wellington Regional Council has adopted the same method for the first time this year, which should also cut down on confusion, he said.
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