Votes trickling in for city council by-election

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    Invercargill City Council deputy electoral officer Michael Morris is urging eligible voters to get their council by-election votes in.

    ONLY 22% of eligible voters have had their say on who will be Invercargill City Council’s (ICC) newest councillor.

    ICC deputy electoral officer Michael Morris said this week, votes for the by-election, to fill the position left vacant after deputy mayor Toni Biddle resigned last year, were coming through steadily.

    As of yesterday, 8950 voters out of a possible 40,132 who were eligible, had voted in the First Past the Post system.

    The turnout of eligible ICC voters in the tri-ennial election in 2019 was 53%.

    However, Mr Morris was expecting a lower voter return for the by-election due to it being the appointment of only one councillor.

    “They’re tracking OK given we’ve had a long weekend. They are coming through.”

    He wanted to remind voters they had until tomorrow to post their votes.

    After this time, they would need to be dropped into either the ICC building on Esk St, Invercargill Public Library on Dee St or the Bluff Service Centre before noon on Wednesday.

    Mr Morris said the votes were being collected then couriered to Christchurch to be tallied by electionz.com.

    The preliminary results of the election would be released about 2pm on February 17 with the final result announced on February 20, he said.

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