Abysmal voter turnout in Tauranga

People are being encouraged to take their voting papers to the council’s libraries or Willow St service centre before midday Saturday.

Voter turnout in Tauranga can only be described as “poor”, with only 17.16 per cent of votes being returned as of Monday.

Traditionally, Tauranga has had a lower turnout than the rest of New Zealand on average.

But the current voter turnout in the local elections is lower than it has been in past elections.

With that in mind, people who are yet to vote in the Tauranga City Council election are being urged to take their voting papers to the council’s libraries or Willow St service centre before midday Saturday.

The election is mostly being conducted by mail, but people can also vote in person at some council locations.

The council’s deputy electoral officer, Robyn Garrett, says any votes posted in the mail from today might not be received in time for the close of voting, which is midday on Saturday.

Therefore, people should deliver their votes in person to a council library or the service centre at 91 Willow St.

The service centre will stay open until 8pm on Friday and will also open on Saturday morning to give people a last chance to vote.

“It’s really important for the people of Tauranga to choose who will represent them on Council for the next three years,” says Robyn.

“If you haven’t voted yet by mail, then please grab this chance to vote in person.”

People who haven’t enrolled to vote or haven’t received their voting papers in the mail can cast a special vote at the service centre (but not at libraries). No special documentation is needed for this – not even an ID – but you must be eligible to vote.

Council is using the STV voting system for the first time.

This means that voters rank their preferred candidates with numbers (1, 2, 3, etc) instead of putting ticks by their names.

Voters can rank as many or as few candidates as they wish.

Council’s election webpage has more information on enrolment, candidates, voting and STV.
It’s at www.tauranga.govt.nz/elections.
Voting locations
Council service centre (91 Willow St):
• Wednesday 8am-5pm
• Thursday 8am-5pm
• Friday 8am-8pm
• Saturday 9am-midday
Council library Papamoa
• Wednesday 9.30am-5.30pm
• Thursday 9.30am-5.30pm
• Friday 9.30am-5.30pm
• Saturday 9.30am-midday
Council libraries Greerton, Mount Maunganui
• Wednesday 9.30am-5pm
• Thursday 9.30am-5pm
• Friday 9.30am-5pm
• Saturday 9.30am-midday
Special votes
Council service centre (91 Willow St):
• Wednesday 8am-5pm
• Thursday 8am-5pm
• Friday 8am-8pm
• Saturday 9am-midday
Not available at libraries

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