Number of returned votes mixed bag in south
Local councils are busy counting returned postal votes as the final fortnight of voting begins.
Invercargill City Council electoral officer Graham Low said votes rushed in on the first day for counting, but had since slowed down.
"We've received 5500 votes from a total roll of 38,784, which represents a voter return percentage of 14.4 per cent," Mr Low said.
The figure was down slightly on the same time last election, which was concerning, he said.
Voters should have received their voting bundles in the mail. However, if they had not they could cast a special vote at the Invercargill City Council civic administration building or the Bluff Service Centre, Mr Low said.
In the Southland District, 3308 out of 19,990 papers have been returned, equating to 16.55 per cent.
The figure is up on that of the same time during the 2010 elections, when only 7.1 per cent of papers had been returned, but down on the overall 45.77 per cent of papers that arrived by the close of voting.
In the Gore District, 18.2 per cent of the 8936 voting papers have been returned.
The Clutha District was faring slightly better, with 2156 of the 11,791 papers returned, a response of 18.29 per cent.
This figure is also up on the corresponding period in 2010, when 13.32 per cent of papers had been returned. Figures for the Queenstown Lakes District and Central Otago District Councils were not available yesterday.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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