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Local organisations can Dial a Ballot Box this local election

Published: 7 October 2019

Local election ballot boxes are just a phone call away, thanks to Auckland Council’s Dial a Ballot Box initiative.

General Manager Democracy Services Marguerite Delbet says, “This election is all about bringing voting to the people.

“To help make voting easy, mobile ballot boxes will be available for workplace visits from Monday 7 October.”  

Subject to availability, employers can arrange to have a ballot box sent to their workplace by calling the Auckland Council elections team on 09 977 5981.

Employers who request a box should ask their staff to bring their voting papers to work before the box arrives.

Ms Delbet says Aucklanders live increasingly busy lives, so it’s important for people to have different ways to vote.

“Not everyone has the time, or the ability to get to a post box. 

“We’ve already arranged for mobile ballot boxes to be sent to hospitals and community centres.”

Dozens of One Stop Shops - which allow people to enrol and vote at the same time - are also popping up across the region.

Locations include marae, markets, universities and malls.

Voting in the local election closes at midday on Saturday 12 October, but people posting their votes need to do this on or before Tuesday.  

After Tuesday, votes can be dropped into one of the many ballot boxes across Auckland. Locations include libraries, Auckland Council service centres, Britomart train station and One Stop Shops.

Key dates

8 October - Last day to post voting papers (ballot boxes will be accepting votes until midday on 12 October)

12 October - Voting closes at midday. Progress results announced

13 October - Preliminary results announced  

17 October to 23 October - Official results announced