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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:29am

Voting is now officially open in the 2019 local council elections.

Most Selwyn electors will have received their voting papers in the mail by the end of this week – and voters are being encouraged to get their completed voting forms in the post as early as possible.

Everyone who is enrolled as a parliamentary elector should receive voting papers automatically, says Deputy Electoral Officer Stephen Hill, but anyone who hasn’t received their papers by the end of the week should contact the Council on 347 2800.

Local elections are held by postal voting, and voting papers must be received by the Council before midday on Election Day, Saturday 12 October.

“The sooner people can get their papers into the post, the more certain they can be that their vote will be counted,” Mr Hill says. “We’re also providing ballot boxes at several Council locations across the district including Council headquarters in Rolleston, libraries at Darfield, Leeston, Lincoln and Rolleston, and at the Selwyn Aquatic Centre, Lincoln Event Centre and West Melton Community and Recreation Centre.

“It was great to see the first votes cast last Friday as residents dropped their voting papers in to the ballot box at Council HQ.”

For details on the elections, including special voting and candidate information, visit  our elections page.