Local body elections: Voting papers due #Dunedin

The *calibre* of unknown candidates, known candidates, and all those “standing again” for the lack of transparency and non-accountability to continue at Dunedin City Council… is set to rack and torture all good voting citizens who want the council SORTED financially. Bankrupt DCC, we hear you say?

Dunedin City Council – Media Release
Voting Papers Out Soon

This item was published on 18 Sep 2013.

Voting papers for the October local body elections will be arriving in letterboxes from Friday.

The Electoral Officer for the Dunedin City Council, the Otago Regional Council and the Southern District Health Board, Pam Jordan, says the elections are held by postal vote and voting papers will arrive from 20 September to 25 September.

Voting papers must be mailed back in time to be received by 12 noon on Election Day, Saturday 12 October.

If you have not received your voting papers by 26 September, you can cast a special vote. To get special voting papers posted out phone 03 477 4000 or email specialvotes @ dcc.govt.nz. Alternatively, people can visit the Special Voting Booth in the Plaza Meeting Room in the Civic Centre, which will be open from 20 September. The booth will be open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm, and also on the morning of 12 October.

The Dunedin City Council and Southern District Health Board elections will be conducted under the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system, while the Otago Regional Council will be elected under the First Past the Post (FPP) system.

Election information, including details about STV, is available at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/elections.

This year, names on the voting papers will be in random order for the DCC, ORC and SDHB. Each voting paper will be unique.

Contact Electoral Officer on 03 477 4000.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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3 responses to “Local body elections: Voting papers due #Dunedin

  1. Janet Gebbie

    Voting using STV
    Dept of Politics at University of Otago presenting a public talk : How do I vote in local government elections using STV? Event 1 – Wed 25 Sept 6:30pm, Barclay Theatre (Otago Museum). Event 2 – Thurs 26 Sept 6:30pm St Andrew’s Lounge, Caversham Presbyterian Church, Thorn St, Caversham, Dunedin.

  2. ### ODT Online Wed, 25 Sep 2013
    Opinion: Why DCC elections are in an exclusive club
    The poll for the Dunedin City Council is among the fairest local elections in New Zealand, writes Associate Prof Janine Hayward.
    As we cast our votes in the Otago local government elections, we should do so with a particular sense of pride. No electoral system is perfect, but two features of the Otago elections this year make them, in democratic terms, among the fairest local elections in New Zealand.
    Read more

  3. Janet

    1. Vote
    2. Don’t put a number beside a candidate you DON’T want – your vote may be transferred to them. Last elections Jinty shot right in – she wasn’t many voters’ 1st preference and well down the list after the first iteration but climbed rapidly up to a seat after votes were transferred. This info is available on the DCC’s website.

    {DCC website — electoral information. -Eds}

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