Extra voting areas for elections
Voting in Waipā is about to become a little easier with the addition of several ballot boxes in Cambridge and Te Awamutu town centres for the last week of local government elections.
Voting ballot boxes will be at the following locations and dates:
- Countdown, cnr Queen & Empire Streets, Cambridge, 2pm - 5pm, Wednesday 9 October
- Countdown, Sloane Street, Te Awamutu, 2pm – 5pm, Wednesday 9 October
- Pak N Save, 670 Cambridge Road, Te Awamutu, 9am - 12pm, Saturday 12 October
- Farmers Market, Victoria Square, Cambridge, 9am - 12pm, Saturday 12 October
- Waipa District Council, 101 Bank Street, Te Awamutu open ordinary office hours and 9am - 12pm, Saturday 12 October
- Waipa District Council, 23 Wilson Street, Cambridge open ordinary office hours and 9am - 12pm, Saturday 12 October
- Waipa District Library, 106 Mahoe St (Entrance off Selwyn Lane), Te Awamutu (the ballot box is the slot next to the Afterhours Returns, which can be used anytime up until 12pm, Saturday 12 October).
All votes must be in a ballot box by 12pm, Saturday 12 October to count.
Waipa District Council governance manager, Jo Gread, urged any residents who had not yet voted to do so as soon as possible.
“If you’ve still got your voting papers sitting at home, fill them out and get them to a Council office or library near you. You’ve got until 12pm, Saturday 12 October but it’s one less thing to remember if you do it now.”
“This is your only opportunity to choose someone who will represent your town, your views at Council for the next three years. Make sure you get it in time to count.”
Council elections are held every three years, with voting returns for the district 19.64 per cent as of 4 October. The same day in 2016 had 22.28% of votes returned.
“If you haven’t received voting papers at all, you need to get to Council so we can arrange a special vote. You haven’t missed out,” Jo Gread adds.
Council has also developed an election tool on waipadc.govt.nz/elections to assist voters with knowing who is running in their local area. The list will also include members who have been elected unopposed and the location of the nearest post office boxes. Voters can also head to www.policylocal.nz to see candidate views on a range of topics such as climate change, environment, housing and more.
For more information about elections, including what to do if your voting papers have been damaged, head to waipadc.govt.nz/elections.