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Steady heart beat as Aucklanders vote

Published: Tue 27 Sep 2016 04:51 PM
27 September 2016
Steady heart beat as Aucklanders vote
Electors from across the region can see how the vote tally is rising – north, south, west, east and central - to swell the show your love campaign hearts on digital bill boards.
Between now and midday on Saturday 8 October, over one million eligible voters can cast their ballots to determine the leadership of Auckland for the next three years.
Auckland Council is keeping a week-day tab on votes as they are counted with the latest tally showing a bump to 13.2 % of the vote is in, up 2.4% from the same time in 2013.
The hearts, which measure the percentage of votes coming in, sees the highest turnout since voting opened on 16 September is in central with 21.3% of votes returned from Waiheke Island and 19.2% from Great Barrier Island. Next is in the North with 18.9% of Rodney-Warkworth votes in and just behind is Rodney-Wellsford with 18.5% of possible votes counted.
“We want people to show they love where they live by voting,” says Auckland Council’s Elections Planning Manager Glyn Walters. “Publishing the vote count as it comes in shows what parts of Auckland are voting and we hope that will be a reminder to get the ballot in the mail now.”
There’s a handy map with the location of NZ post boxes and ballot boxes in local libraries and council service centres on http://showyourlove.co.nz/ and there are also seven giant heart ballot boxes at Orewa, Takapuna, New Lynn, Britomart, Manukau, Pakuranga and Pukekohe.
If you are not on the electoral roll you can still vote if you enrol by 4pm Friday 7 October and register for a special vote. Call the Electoral Office on 0800 922 822 for more information.
Vote counting will continue on a daily basis and be available on the website from 2pm each day, up toFriday 7 October.
A progress result will be available from 2pm on Saturday 8 October and the final outcome confirmed onThursday 13 October.
ENDS
For progress updates on voting numbers click here.
For candidate information go to www.showyourlove.co.nz
For FAQs click here.

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