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Don’t give voting forms to anyone claiming to work for Council

3 Oct 2013

Don’t give voting forms to anyone claiming to work for Council

Reports of a person posing as a Gisborne District Council volunteer collecting voting documents, have been reported to the police.

The local election is by postal vote only, says deputy electoral officer Eileen Cronin. “The only way people can vote is to place their completed voting documents in a New Zealand Post box or to drop them into an official ballot box at Council offices in Fitzherbert Street or Te Puia Springs.

The male was reported knocking on doors in Tyndall. “Collecting other people’s voting documents is illegal. If someone knocks on your door don’t give them your voting document and please report the incident to the police as soon as possible.”

It is important to note that voting documents should only be posted by the person the documents are addressed to.

Enrolled voters should have received their voting packs by now. The voting period is 3 weeks from Friday 20 September 2013 to 12 noon Saturday 12 October 2013. Anyone still waiting for their voting pack should contact Council or the electoral office on 0800 922 822.

Make sure you vote in time - the last day to post your vote is Wednesday 9 October 2013, this will ensure it gets counted by 12 noon on Saturday 12 October. Voting documents returned to date are down at the same stage in 2010, which unfortunately is following a national trend.

 You can check out the number of votes returned each day.