Voters to get to choose new voting system

Published: Tue 30 Aug 2011 01:11 PM
Media release
Voters to get to choose new voting system
Posted On: Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Hamilton voters will be given the opportunity to decide which voting system they want when they vote at the next council elections.
Council agreed at their 25 August meeting that a poll be held at the 2013 elections where voters will be able to choose which voting system to use for the 2016 elections.
A public information campaign would be held before the 2013 elections to inform voters about the First Past the Post (FPP) and Single Transferable Voting (STV) voting systems.
FPP is the current voting system and will be used for the 2013 elections. STV is used for District Health Board elections.
The last poll of electors was held in 2006, when 60% of voters elected to retain the FPP system for the 2007 and 2010 elections.
Commenting, Electoral Officer Anthony Dick says: “It’s important voters fully understand about the two different voting systems available for Council elections. That’s why an information campaign explaining about both the First Past the Post and Single Transferable Vote systems will be run ahead of our next 2013 local body elections.”
Note for editors: A binding poll on the voting system could be held at the next 2013 elections if 5% of voters demand this of Council by 28 February 2012.

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