Special Votes Available
Thursday 16 September 2010
Your vote counts. For those people who are not on the electoral roll for this year’s Tasman District Council and Nelson-Marlborough District Health Board elections, or will be away from the area, special votes are available. Electoral Officers aim to ensure that every eligible voter has a say in choosing our leaders. Voting papers will be posted to residents from 17-22 September 2010. If you don’t receive them – perhaps because you have just registered to be on the roll, you moved house, or have turned 18 – you are eligible to cast a special vote.
People who have chosen to be on the confidential roll also cast special votes. This roll caters for people who don’t want their address made public because of the nature of their jobs. Special voting facilities are available from 17 September 2010 at the Council’s main office, 189 Queen Street, Richmond during normal office hours, and up until noon on Saturday 9 October 2010.
Special voting documents can also be posted to electors. Request yours by phoning 03 543 7240, or writing to The Electoral Officer, Tasman District Council, Private Bag 4, Richmond 7050
Voters fill out a declaration form explaining their reasons for casting a special vote, e.g. not on the roll, change of address etc.
Voting documents must be received by the Electoral Officer by 12 noon on Saturday 9 October 2010. So if mailing your form, postal times need to be taken into account.
A total of 36 candidates are running in Tasman this time, either for mayor, councillor or community boards. No election is needed for the Lakes/Murchison Ward councillor and the Golden Bay Community Board as the candidates match the number of seats. In the District Health Board election,18 candidates are vying for seven seats.
You will receive your voting papers between 17 and 22 September 2010. It is suggested that you have them back in the post by Wednesday 6 October 2010 to ensure that they are received by the Electoral Officer in time to be counted. The earlier you vote, the better.