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Hamiltonians urged to ensure their vote counts

There are only a few days left for Hamiltonians to have their say in this year’s local elections and more than 80 places around the city where voting packs can be dropped off.

In addition to the more than 50 post boxes in Hamilton, Hamilton City Council has permanent and temporary ballot boxes located around the city, making it easier for people to vote.

The final day for voters to return their voting packs via post to ensure they arrive in time to be counted is 5 October.

Voters can also drop their voting packs until 12pm on 11 October at any of the following locations:

  • Central Library
  • Glenview Library
  • Chartwell Library
  • Hillcrest Library
  • St Andrews Library
  • Dinsdale Library
  • Hamilton Gardens
  • Hamilton Zoo
  • Waterworld
  • Wintec City Campus – Library
  • Wintec Rotokauri Campus – Library
  • The University of Waikato – Library
  • Hamilton City Council – Electoral Office
  • Hamilton City Council – Reception
  • Settlement Centre Waikato
  • Western Community Centre
  • Pukete Neighbourhood House
  • Shama Ethnic Women’s Centre
  • Waimarie: Hamilton East Community House
  • Waikato Museum | Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
  • Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa
  • Te Whare o te Ata

The ballot boxes at the Council building in Garden Place, Hamilton City Libraries branches, Hamilton Zoo, Waterworld, Waikato Museum, Hamilton Gardens, The University of Waikato library and Wintec’s city campus library will also be open until midday on 12 October.

Ballot boxes are also being taken into neighbourhoods around Hamilton to make it easier for voters to share their voice, including casting a special vote. Ballot boxes will be available at these times and locations:

  • Glenview Community Centre
    12 Tomin Rd, Glenview
    9 Oct, 10.30am-12pm
  • The University of Waikato – Library
    Knighton Rd
    9 Oct, 12pm-2pm
  • Bupa Eventhorpe Care Home
    32 Firth St, Hamilton East
    10 Oct, 10.30am-11.30am
  • Pukete Neighbourhood House
    43 Church Rd, Te Rapa Sportsdrome, Pukete
    10 Oct, 3.30pm-5pm
  • K’aute Pasifika
    960 Victoria St, Whitiora
    11 Oct, 8.30am-11am
  • Pukete Neighbourhood House
    43 Church Rd, Te Rapa Sportsdrome, Pukete
    11 Oct, 3.30pm-5pm
  • Summerset down the Lane
    206 Dixon Rd, Fitzroy
    11 Oct, 10am-12pm
  • Waikato Hospital 
    Meades Clinic Reception
    11 Oct, 11.30am-1.30pm

Click here to view a map of all post boxes and ballot boxes (permanent and mobile)

Becca Brooke, the Council’s Governance Lead, says voters should be aware of the timing of when they’re voting to ensure their vote counts.

“Hamilton’s 33.6% voter turnout in the 2016 elections was not good enough,” she says. “We need to collectively do better and challenge each other to vote.

“An increase in the number of people voting will help to ensure better representation of our communities. By having these permanent and mobile ballot boxes and the option of special voting available throughout our neighbourhoods, we’re trying to make it as easy as possible for voters to have their say on who our next city leaders should be.”

The Council will also have a drive-through voting station at the Anglesea St entrance of its Garden Place building from 9am until midday on 12 October.

If a voter didn’t enrol before 16 August, did not receive a voting pack, or has a damaged voting pack, they can cast a special vote.

Special voting is available at the Council building, Hamilton City Libraries community branches and all mobile ballot box locations.

Council staff at its Garden Place building are also available to help people who need assistance to complete their voting packs.

Anyone who isn’t enrolled can do so until Friday 11 October. Visit Elections NZ to enrol and for more information about if you’re eligible.

As of today (2 October) 15,175 people have voted. This is 14.77% of the 102,714 total electors. In 2016, 12.69% of electors had voted with 10 days remaining.

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