Registered Tasman district voters will be receiving their voting papers between 20th and 25th September. With until noon 12 October to get papers back, voters can either post or deliver them to any Council office.

It is quite a voting package being delivered this year with candidates for Mayor, Councillors, community board members, District Health Board members and, uniquely in Tasman, a poll on the electoral system we will use at the next local body election.

Within the package is a candidate information booklet providing an introduction to all the candidates, as well as a description of the current voting system ‘First Past the Post’ (FPP) and the alternative Single Transferable Vote (STV).

All of this information is supported by further information on the Tasman District Council website tasman.govt.nz/elections.

If people do not receive papers within this time and they are eligible to vote, residents are able to through special voting process within the Council’s Richmond, Motueka and Takaka service centres during normal office hours.

In another first the elections webpage also provides links to videos of all the candidates giving electors a further opportunity to view those standing for Mayor, Council and Community Board seats.

If residents, and those eligible to vote through owning property in the District, have any questions about the election the website has a number of frequently asked questions. Within normal office hours Council electoral officers are on hand to help.