Last call for voting papers' return
If your voting papers have been lying around the house and have not quite made it to the post box, today is your last chance to pop them in the mail.
And southern electoral officers are encouraging voters to do exactly that.
Voting papers for the Invercargill City Council, Clutha District Council, Gore District Council, Southland District Council, Southern District Health Board, Invercargill Licensing Trust and Mataura Licensing trust need to be returned by Saturday.
Invercargill City Council electoral officer Graham Low said as of yesterday 33 per cent of papers had been returned - 8 per cent less than last year. That meant two out of three of the eligible voting population was missing out on having their say on who led the community, he said.
"They've got no room to complain whatsoever. They get this one opportunity and they are not making the most of it."
Papers could still be dropped off at the council office or Bluff Service Centre until Saturday, he said.
Meanwhile, a similar number of Southland District Council voters have returned their papers, with 32 per cent already returned.
But unlike the city council, the figure was similar to previous elections.
However, district council electoral officer Virginia Dillon said she would still like to see more returned.
More papers are generally returned in the last couple of days and if people were leaving it to the last minute they could drop them at the council office to ensure they were counted, she said.
At the Clutha District Council, 35 per cent of votes have been returned, 7 per cent less than last election.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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