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Libraries help demystify election process

Auckland Council Libraries – a one-stop information shop for 2020 General Election

Published: 1 October 2020

Feeling confused about MMP?

Wondering how to vote?

Unsure how to enrol to vote?

Auckland Council Libraries has recently launched their new ‘Your Vote Counts’ programme, designed to support Aucklanders in the lead-up to the 2020 General Election.

Our friendly community librarians have put together everything you need to understand and prepare for the 2020 General Election. These factual and impartial resources and information will help you learn more about New Zealand's voting system (MMP) and support you in making informed choices when casting your vote.

Aucklanders can visit any library to access free Wi-Fi or use our public computers to enrol to vote or update your enrolment details online. We’re also running online workshops and offering one-on-one help in multiple languages over the phone, in-person or online.

A series of workshops is being hosted by librarians up until election day. The workshops will explore the referendum questions, assist people to enrol and help explain what to expect on election day. Workshops will be delivered via Zoom in multiple languages. Workshops are also being delivered specifically for young people and our rough sleeping community.

In addition, Aucklanders can book a one-hour session with a librarian, either over the phone, in-person or online. Librarians can assist you with enrolment and can provide impartial information They can also connect you with reading and resources around the referendum questions. The sessions are available in 14 languages, including Mandarin, Hindi, te reo Māori, Korean and Tongan.

To register for a workshop or book a session with a librarian visit Your Vote Counts or call Te Māpuna on 09 377 0209.

Linda Greenalgh of Auckland Council Libraries says: “Our libraries have a role to play in bringing communities together and removing barriers to their participation in the democratic process.

"We’re excited to be able to work with Aucklanders and support them with any information they need to participate and feel they belong.”

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