Vote early to avoid holiday clash

JACK MONTGOMERIE
Last updated 05:00 04/09/2014
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EARLY VOTER: Rangitata returning officer Brigitte Kempf casts her advance vote as election worker Mary Davey watches.

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Clashing dates for the general election and South Canterbury's anniversary weekend mean holidaymakers should vote in advance, the Electoral Commission says.

The region, which includes parts of the Rangitata, Waitaki and Te Tai Tonga electorates, will be on holiday over the September 20-22 long weekend when the election is held. The dates have not clashed since 1943. The Electoral Commission's Rangitata returning officer, Brigitte Kempf, said locals could place advance votes if they planned to be away on September 20. There had already been "a steady stream of people" voting at Timaru's Bank St advance polling station yesterday, with most early voters casting their ballots before election day due to holiday plans.

South Cantabrians can place advance votes todayat Waimate's Community Centre, 135 Queen St, from 11am-2pm, 50 Bank St Timaru, from 10am-6pm and at Geraldine's Library Service Centre, from 11am-2pm.

People who are out of their electorate on election day can still vote at any polling station in New Zealand on September 20 by making a special declaration vote.

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Advance voting polling stations in South Canterbury. A full list of polling stations is available at www.elections.org.nz or on 0800 36 76 56

Fairlie – Mackenzie Community Centre: Sep 11, 12pm-2pm; Sep 16 & 18, 11am-2pm.

Geraldine Library: Today and Sep 11: 11am - 2pm; Sep 15 and 18 10am - 2pm.

Mt Cook: Sep 15, 11am - 2pm.

Temuka Library: Sep 9 and 11, 10am-2pm; Sep 16 and 18, 10am-3pm.

Timaru ndash; 50 Bank St: Today and tomorrow: 10am-6pm, Sep 8-12, 10am-6pm; Sep 13, 10am-3pm; Sep 15-17, 10am-6pm; Sep 18 10am-8pm; Sep 19, 10am-5pm.

Waimate Community Centre: Today and Sep 11, 11am-2pm; Sep 16 and 18, 10am-2pm

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- The Timaru Herald

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