Wednesday 7 February 2018
The number of voting papers returned so far in Hamilton City Council’s East Ward By-Election is tracking at a similar rate to the higher profile full Council election in 2016.
As of today’s mailbag, the Electoral Officer has received 3863 votes, or 6.96 per cent of the 55,512 papers issued. On the equivalent day in 2016’s postal voting period, 3925 votes, or 7.6 per cent of 51,632 East Ward papers, had been returned.
“The return of papers to date suggests East Ward voters are positively engaging with their By-Election, which is great news,” says Council’s Governance Manager and Deputy Electoral Officer Lee-Ann Jordan.
“There is still a week-and-a-half to get your vote in and it would be great to see the voter turn-out exceed the 2016 Council election total. Your vote will make a difference, you have the power, use it.”
East Ward voters have two upcoming opportunities to meet the East Ward candidates:
- By-Election Meet the Candidates, 7.30pm-9.00pm, Thursday 8 February, The Quadrant, 391 Victoria Street, organised by Jamie Strange MP;
- By-Election Meet the Candidates, 2.15pm-5.30pm, Friday 9 February, Fairfield Hall, 235 Clarkin Road, organised by Fairfield Community House.
East Ward voters who are posting their vote back in need to do so by 5pm next Tuesday, 13 February.
Alternatively, right up to 12pm on By-Election Day, Saturday 17 February, votes can be put in one of the ballot boxes at:
- Council’s Municipal Building at the back of Garden Place
- Hillcrest Library, 58 Masters Ave
- Chartwell Library, 5 Lynden Cres, opposite Westfield Chartwell mall.