In just over a week, Tāmaki Makaurau’s next chapter will start with a newly elected team of decision-makers to govern the region. So far, only 14.6 percent of Auckland’s eligible voters have returned their vote, influencing who will lead Auckland. The clock is ticking for the remaining one million eligible voters to drop off their vote.
“This election, we’ve made voting so much easier. From increasing the number of places to drop off your vote, to providing more information that is even more accessible to Aucklanders” says Rose Leonard, Auckland Council’s Manager Governance Services.
“Don’t give up your right to vote just because it’s hard to decide or you think it’s just for people who own homes and pay rates. There’s plenty of information out there – the Vote Auckland website has everything you need to know to vote.
“And if you care about what happens to local facilities – libraries, parks and playgrounds, waste services, infrastructure, your environment, what happens to your water, parking and public transport – get in the driver seat and have your say by voting,” Rose advises.
Can you change Auckland? Yes, you can. By casting your vote and encouraging your friends and family to do the same, you can improve on Auckland’s 2019 voter turnout of 35 per cent.
Eligible voters who require assistance to complete voting papers can call 0800 922 822 to arrange an appointment. This service is for people who cannot fill out their vote independently.
Stuck on who to vote for?
The council has revamped its candidate search tool so you can narrow down the candidates standing in your area and read about how they’ll prioritise Auckland’s key issues. Learn more about candidates and who to choose from at voteauckland.co.nz/findcandidates
What are you waiting for?
Remember to vote by midday Saturday 8 October to choose who you think has the greatest vision for Tāmaki Makaurau.
Didn’t get a voting pack?
Where to drop off your vote?
Drop off your vote into a NZ Post street box before 4 October, or any Vote Box at your nearest Countdown supermarket, select Auckland Transport hubs, council service centres or libraries. To find out where Vote Boxes are, use your phone camera to scan the QR code on the back of your orange voting return envelope.
For everything you need to know about voting, visit voteauckland.co.nz/vote