Fewer voters have returned their forms than at the same time last election.
The elections for the Marlborough District Council and the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board are carried out by postal votes under the single transferable vote system.
Voting packs were sent out to registered voters last week, and so far, just over 9 per cent of voters have returned their forms to election operator Electionz.com.
As of 4.20pm yesterday, 3250 voting forms had been returned, 9.91 per cent of the total. This compared to 2010's 12.99 per cent turnout, 2007's 11.11 per cent turnout, and 2004's 15.69 per cent turnout at the same time.
Of the three wards, the Marlborough Sounds ward had 200 voting forms returned [8.28 per cent of the total], the Wairau-Awatere ward had 335 forms returned [11.36 per cent of the total] and the Blenheim ward had 674 forms returned [9.84 per cent of the total].
Voters who haven't received their packs yet should contact the council's electoral officer Dean Heiford and make a special vote.
People who have not yet registered to vote can either get a registration form from Postshops or online and then get special vote forms from the council.
- The Marlborough Express