Are you still waiting for your ballot papers in the post?
Less than a week out from the close of voting, some Waikato households are still waiting for their ballot papers, sparking fears that voters will miss the deadline to vote.
However, the lack of papers cannot explain the low voter turnout.
Hamilton city voters currently have the worst voter turnout in the greater region, at a lowly 16.54 per cent.
Voters are being urged to mail their ballot papers no later than Wednesday so they can be received by Saturday's midday deadline.
But some frazzled voters on the unpublished electoral roll say they are having to go to "extraordinary lengths" to get special voting papers.
Waikato man Nathan Morgan said he applied for special voting papers three weeks ago.
"When I rang up to find out what was happening, I was just passed between council staff and the election service," Mr Morgan said.
"It's frustrating. When I explained my situation to a council staff member, she basically agreed with what I was saying but couldn't explain the delay. I know for a fact people in my situation just won't bother voting, they'll think, 'stuff it'."
Hamilton City Council candidate Dave Macpherson said reports of voters waiting weeks to get their voting papers pointed to underlying flaws with the electoral system and a review was needed.
"I think there absolutely needs to be review, but not one carried out by government staff, this needs community input.
"When you already have low voter turnout, it's crazy and ridiculous that people are struggling to get their voting papers."
Mr Macpherson said community feedback indicated that people felt the three-week voting period was too long.
He favoured a combination of electronic voting and voting in-person.
Hamilton City electoral officer Jude Pani said people could apply for special voting papers in person at the city council's electoral office.
From Wednesday, voters can drop their voting documents off at all city council libraries.
People who had not received their voting papers could also phone the electoral phone line, 0800 922 822.
Hamilton mayoral candidate Tony Dixon said it took his neighbour 10 days to receive her special voting papers.
"I think something has to be done, especially when you hear about the lengths people are having to go to get their papers. Something is wrong here."
BALLOT PAPERS RECEIVED AS OF OCTOBER 4:
Thames-Coromandel District Council 26.29 per cent
Rotorua District Council 26.16 per cent
Matamata-Piako District Council 24.7 per cent
Taupo District Council 24.39 per cent
Waitomo District Council 24.06 per cent
Otorohanga District Council 22.34 per cent
South Waikato District Council 22.06 per cent*
Waipa District Council 20.40 per cent
Waikato District Council 17.13 per cent
Hamilton City Council 16.54 per cent
* As of October 2.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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