With the 2019 Local Elections in full swing, Council is encouraging voters to make sure their voting papers are returned in the post by this Saturday 5 October. This is to ensure they are received before voting closes noon on 12 October 2019.
"After Saturday 5 October we recommend voting papers are dropped in to the ballot box at our office at 108 St John Street. We want to make sure all eligible votes are received in time to be counted," says Ōpōtiki District Council CEO, Aileen Lawrie.
"Each business day during the voting period we're posting the voting stats on our website. As at 1 October returned votes are up over 4% on the 2016 returns for the same period. This is great news for democracy in our district and we hope the numbers continue to rise. The things Council does affects voter's daily lives so it's important they have their say on what matters to them by voting," Ms Lawrie says.
Electoral rolls have now closed but people can still enrol to vote, or check and update their details at vote.nz or by phoning 0800 36 76 56. Once this is done they can come in to council and cast a special vote.
"With keen interest in this trienniums elections, voters and candidates may wish to download the Antenno app to receive an alert directly to their phone when results start going up on our website. We are hoping initial results will be loaded a few hours after voting closes on 12 October and we expect preliminary results to be online on Sunday 13 October," says Ms Lawrie.
Full details on the 2019 Local Elections is on our Elections page or call one of Council's Election Officials on 07 315 3030.