Are you ready to vote?

The Local Body Elections, for Mayor, Council and Community Boards will be held by postal vote on 12 October this year. Anyone who is on the electoral roll can vote, but you must be enrolled by Friday 16 August to ensure your voting papers will reach you in the mail on time.

To make sure as many people as possible are enrolled to vote, the Electoral Commission is sending enrolment packs to all enrolled voters at the beginning of July to check their details are up to date.

If you enrol after 16 August you can still vote by requesting special voting papers which can be completed at the Council’s Hawera Administration Building up until 12 noon voting day on 12 October.

Council Chief Executive, Waid Crockett, stressed the importance of participating in the selection of those who will make decisions that affect most people’s daily lives. “Local government shapes the place that you live. It’s the footpaths you walk on, the roads where you drive, the water in your shower, and the parks, libraries and swimming pools where you take the kids. The local government elections are a one-in-three-year opportunity to have your say and be counted,” says Mr Crockett.

To check that you are enrolled to vote visit www.elections.org.nz or phone 0800 36 76 56.

DO YOU QUALIFY TO VOTE MORE THAN ONCE?

Click here to download the flyer that was sent out in the last rates invoice to find out information on whether you qualify to vote more than once in this year's local body elections.