Tuesday 8 October 2019

Missed the post for your local body election votes? Never fear, the mobile ballot box is here!

Masterton District Council is putting a ballot box on the road on Friday (11 October) to enable voters around the district to drop their votes in without having to go to the Council office.

The ballot box will be travelling in the care of two council staff from Tinui to Castlepoint, and on to Riversdale on Friday morning, before calling into different areas of Masterton in the afternoon.

Masterton District Council Deputy Electoral Officer Harriet Kennedy said the aim was to get as many people voting as possible.

“Around the country, voting numbers have been low – but Masterton has been bucking the trend and is on track to have a bigger turnout than the last election.

“We want to keep that going and give people in rural areas, who may not have time to call into the council office, the chance to get their votes in.”

Voters can still drop completed voting packs into the ballot box at the Council office at 161 Queen Street, Masterton — the Council office is open 8am-4.30pm on weekdays, and on Saturday will be open from 9am until the 12noon deadline for voting.

If voters are not enrolled, or have mislaid voting papers (or they haven’t arrived) they can still vote by completing the enrolment process at the office and making a special vote. But voters wanting to make a special vote on Saturday must be enrolled by the end of Friday.

The mobile ballot box will be available at the following locations and times on Friday:

8-8.30am: outside Tinui Café & Bar

9am-10am: Castlepoint Store

11am-12noon: Riversdale Beach Store

1-1.30pm: Lansdowne shopping centre

2- 2.30pm: Upper Plain shops

3-3.30pm: Kuripuni shopping centre

4-4.30pm: Solway shops

5-5.30pm: Eastside Superstore, 92 Colombo Road

ENDS

Media Contact:

Steve Rendle

Senior Communications Advisor

[email protected]

027 413 216