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Carterton voters lead the count


Carterton is tracking to have its highest voting turnout since at least 2013.

As at October 5, 30.3 per cent of the eligible population in Carterton had returned their votes to the electoral officer. Results available on Electionz show this is higher than the turnout recorded at the same time in 2019 [40.61 per cent], 2016 [38.9 per cent], and 2013 [33.21 per cent].

At the end of the election period in 2019, 56.33 per cent of the eligible population in Carterton had cast their vote – and this is the number to beat.

In Masterton, 31.9 per cent of the eligible population had voted as at October 5, compared with 38.04 per cent at the same time in 2019.

In South Wairarapa, voting turnout sat at 37.65 per cent, compared with 43.49 in 2019. Of all the wards in the South Wairarapa district, Greytown had the highest turnout [38.71 per cent]. Voter turnout was 38.59 per cent in Martinborough, and in Featherston, the turnout was 36.48 per cent.

Today is the last day to vote, with last votes accepted before noon. Local Government New Zealand [LGNZ] chief executive Susan Freeman-Greene urged people who had not received voting forms to “not leave anything to chance” and cast a special vote.

The Masterton District Council’s Waiata House office will be open for vote drop-offs and special votes until noon today. In Carterton, you can vote or collect voting papers from the Carterton Events Centre. In the south, people can drop their votes to the SWDC office in Martinborough, or any South Wairarapa library. – NZLDR

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Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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