Timaru's voter turnout straight down the line
Just half of the Timaru district's eligible voters voted in last week's local government elections.
The final result released by electoral officer Mark Low gave a voter turnout of 50.92 per cent, with 17,165 voting papers (excluding special votes) being returned.
Mayor-elect Damon Odey has extended his polling day lead by 111 votes. The final tally in the Timaru mayoralty contest saw him gain an additional 325 votes, taking his tally to 10,660. The tally for rival Steve Earnshaw increased 214, to 6013.
The only polling day result change to affect the outcome in a seat was in the Waimate district.
As already reported this week, David Owen, standing for the Waimate District Council in the Pareora-Otaio-Makikihi ward, was originally shown to have won one of the two seats by five votes from Stuart Thomson, but the final count had Mr Thomson edging him out by two votes. Tom O'Connor was the other successful ward candidate.
The final counts for the mayoralty in Waimate were 1643 for Craig Rowley and 1287 for Sharyn Cain.
Mackenzie Mayor Claire Barlow was re-elected with a final vote tally more than double that of Graeme Page, 1268 votes to Mr Page's 611.
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