Another low voter turnout at the local body elections has renewed calls for online voting and a dedicated voting day.
Latest figures show just 19.88 per cent of votes have been returned in Auckland, with some areas as low as 16.3 per cent.
On these figures, Auckland is tracking for a 40 per cent turnout, better than the 35.5 per cent figure in 2013 but down on 51 per cent in 2010.
With just four days until voting closes at midday on Saturday, people are being urged to vote. Voting papers need to be in the mail by Wednesday to meet Saturday's deadline.
Auckland Electoral Officer Dale Ofsoske says the solution to increasing turnout, particularly among young people, is online voting in conjunction with postal voting.
If you are not on the Final Electoral Roll or have not received a voting paper, you can still vote if you enrol by 4pm on Friday and register for a special vote.
Visit elections.org.nz to enrol, update or check your details.
Enrolled voters who have not received their voting papers can call 0800 922 822 to arrange a special vote. You can also free text your name and address to 3676 to receive an enrolement form.
Top 5 Local Board area votes to date:
Great Barrier 38.5%
Rodney (Warkworth subdivision) 30.2%
Rodney (Wellsford subdivision) 26.2%
An interesting graph produced by mayoral candidate Mark Thomas shows Waiheke voting is 30% down compared to the last period in the voting cycle. What this means in terms of a change of direction on the Waiheke Local Board is unclear. So if you want a Board that will get more parking at Matiatia, fix the potholes and work with Auckland Council to improve the island’s infrastructure you must post your vote today in favour of those who will effect a positive change.