Hamiltonians have until this Friday (17 July) to have their say about the voting system we’ll use to elect our mayor and councillors in 2022.
Hamilton City Council is asking the community if they want to vote by ticking candidates using First Past the Post (FPP), or by ranking candidates using Single Transferable Vote (STV).
The engagement campaign launched on 17 June and so far, more than 700 people have visited yourcityelections.co.nz to share their voice.
Hundreds more have had their say on social media and through hardcopy submission forms available at the Council offices and Hamilton City Libraries branches.
Elected Members will decide whether to stick with FPP or switch to STV, or to conduct a formal poll, at the Council meeting on 6 August.
Governance Manager Becca Brooke says the results of the engagement campaign will give an indication of what the community thinks, so the Mayor and Councillors can consider those views before making their decision.
“We’re also asking people why they prefer FPP or STV, so Elected Members can take those reasons into account too.
“Whatever system you prefer, make sure to tell us your view so your voice is heard. Once we’ve analysed the data, we’ll share the survey results with the community at yourcityelections.co.nz.”
There are three $100 Prezzy cards up for grabs for people who tell us their preferred voting system and why, and answer a few demographic questions.