Christchurch City Council Electoral Officer Jo Daly is urging people to get voting.
“We are one week into the voting period for local elections and all enrolled Christchurch and Banks Peninsula voters should have received their voting papers in the mail by now,” Ms Daly says.
“You can vote up until midday on Saturday 8 October I encourage people not to leave it to the last minute. Now is the time to get voting.
“I really encourage people who haven’t to open their voting pack over the long weekend and to spend time reviewing the candidate profile booklet to make an informed choice about who they want representing them in local and city decision-making.
“Another good way to learn about the candidates standing in your area is through the free Celect app.
“Once you have filled out your voting paper, all you need to do is put it in the pre-paid return envelope and drop it into any post box. If you are using a post box, it is recommended that you post your vote by 4 October to ensure it is received before voting closes on Saturday 8 October,’’ Ms Daly says.
People can use the PostShop/Kiwibank locator to find out where post boxes are located in their area.
“People are also welcome to hand deliver their completed voting papers to one of the ballot boxes that we have placed at the Civic Offices and at open Council libraries and service centres,’’ Ms Daly says.
Completed voting papers must be returned by noon on 8 Saturday October in order to be counted.
Ms Daly says eligible voters who have not received voting papers in the mail can still take part in the election by requesting a special vote.
This can be done by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 941-8999. Alternatively, people can pick up special voting documents between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, until 7 October from:
Special voting documents are also available from 10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday, until 7 October at:
On Saturday 8 October, special voting documents will also be available from the Civic Offices from 9am until the close of voting at noon.