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Last modified: 28 Sep 2022 5:11pm

An arm posting a voting paper into a ballot box underneath a sign saying post your voting papers here

With the voting period for local elections now past the halfway mark, Selwyn voters are being encouraged to get their votes in soon.

Postal voting opened on 16 September, and closes at 12 midday on Saturday 8 October.

As at Tuesday (27th) more than 10% of eligible votes had been returned – slightly down on the same period in 2019.

“There’s still plenty of time for people to get their votes in – and plenty of places to drop off voting papers,” says Stephen Hill, deputy electoral officer.

“If people are planning to post their votes, they should aim to get them in the mail by next Tuesday 4th, to make sure they reach us in time. Papers can be posted in any NZ Post postbox

“There are also ballot boxes available at all Council libraries and many community and recreation facilities.

“And we’ve been taking pop-up ballot boxes out to the community at supermarkets and community markets at weekends.”

Most electors should have received their voting papers in the mail by now. If they haven’t arrived, people can still vote by special vote.

To request special voting papers, voters can call in to the Council offices or any Selwyn library, or contact the Council on 0800 SELWYN (735 996) or email

Find out more about how to vote at