Voter turnout dismal
A dismal voter turnout for a Feilding by-election may be the kick needed for Manawatu's bid to trial new electronic voting systems mulled for nationwide elections.
Voting closes tonight for Feilding's by-election with voter turnout yesterday sitting at 28 per cent.
The by-election, called to fill the council seat vacated by new Mayor Margaret Kouvelis, had attracted only mild interest in the town – something which had not surprised Manawatu deputy electoral officer Janine Hawthorn.
"As a rule, nationally, the trend is for by-elections to have quite a low turnout," she said.
But that could change should new electronic voting systems be rolled out.
A proposal from the Electoral Working Party to install electronic voting systems in New Zealand could have its beginnings in the Manawatu District, which has made a bid to be a trial council.