Concerns about the presence of locked boxes in Horowhenua libraries where voters can drop off their ballot papers are unfounded, says the man running the district's election.
Electionz.com chief electoral officer Warwick Lampp received two complaints yesterday from people concerned the ballot boxes in the district's libraries breached the rules for the postal ballot.
One of the complainants, Foxton resident Christina Paton, also contacted the Manawatu Standard. A regular submitter to the council, Mrs Paton said she believed the use of the ballot boxes could potentially void the election result as the council was not a registered agency of NZ Post.
"This is a postal ballot. How can we run a dual system?"
Mr Lampp said locked boxes in libraries were the norm throughout the country. "It's good customer service to provide locked ballot boxes for voters to drop their voting papers in at council premises."
Mr Lampp, the chief electoral officer for Horowhenua and 19 other territorial authorities around the country, said the boxes were particularly helpful in the final days of voting when there was no guarantee voting papers could be mailed back to the council in time to be counted.
Local Government New Zealand has also received phone calls from people concerned about the ballot boxes.
The organisation's view was that the boxes were legal in public libraries, a spokeswoman said.
But in Wellington, the students' association at Victoria University was told it could not have drop boxes on the campus.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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