With three days to go the number of votes cast for New Plymouth District Council elections are far fewer than at the same stage three years ago.
A total of 19,475 ballots have so far been cast in the election, equating to about 35 per cent of registered voters.
Three days out from polls closing in 2010, 24,175 votes had been received, meaning about 45 per cent of voters had returned their ballots.
South Taranaki and Stratford District Council voting rates are also down, but by less than 1 per cent, compared with the same stage last election.
Though voter participation rates in central government elections is about 76 per cent, typically just over 50 per cent of Taranaki voters take part in council elections.
At this stage that means about 10,000 New Plymouth District votes need to come in over the next three days if even that milestone is to be reached.
Many of those votes will now have to be hand delivered to the Civic Centre in New Plymouth as yesterday was the last day postal votes could be mailed to arrive before the noon Saturday deadline.
If you are on the electoral role but have not received your voting papers, you can still collect a special voting paper from your district council or by calling the electoral officer on 759 6109.
Voting boxes are at the civic centre in New Plymouth, the Stratford District Council and the South Taranaki District Council.
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