Votes are coming in for the local elections 27 September 2019 We’re starting to see votes come in for the local government elections for our district’s Mayor, Councillors, Community Board Members and the Coromandel’s representative on the Waikato Regional Council. Don’t delay casting your vote because polls close at noon on 12 October. As of yesterday, 1400 people had voted – 5.84% of our district’s 23,967 electors. At the same point in voting in the 2016 elections, 11.15% of electors had voted. Voting packs were posted from 20 September and should have arrived in mailboxes by now. If you haven’t received your voting pack, or if you’re eligible to vote but haven’t registered, you’ll need to get a special vote. Call into one of our Council offices to do this, or phone our electoral office on 0800 922 822. Remember, if you own a property in the Coromandel, but don’t live here, you can still vote here but criteria such as one vote per property apply. If you’re not already registered on the Ratepayer Electoral Roll you’ll need to apply for a special vote. Contact our electoral office on 0800 922 822. Special votes can be posted to electors but completed votes must still be returned by noon on 12 October. Get voting now If you’re posting your vote, get it in the mail by 8 October at the very latest otherwise it may not reach our electoral office by the noon 12 October deadline in order to be counted. If possible, post it well before 8 October to be safe. After 8 October, you can hand deliver your vote to any of our four Council service centres. The voting pack contains the profiles of each candidate plus the ballot paper and a postage-paid envelope. You can also see the candidate profiles on our website at tcdc.govt.nz/nominations. Please note, David Foreman has unofficially withdrawn his nomination for the Coromandel-Colville Community Board but will still appear on your voting papers. Community groups and ratepayer and residents’ associations held “meet the candidate” sessions across the district over the last two weeks. We’re not aware of any more being scheduled, but if your group is hosting one, let us know and we’ll help publicise it. Contact us on 07 868 0200 or email email@example.com. We’ve also published candidate contact details on our website at tcdc.govt.nz/elections if you wish to contact candidates directly. Not every candidate chose to supply contact details – it was optional. Election results There won’t be an election for the Tairua-Community Board because the four candidates are unopposed. They are: Warwick Brooks Barry Swindles Anne Stewart Ball Chris New Progress results will be released soon after the close of voting, around 2pm on Saturday 12 October. Preliminary results will be released the following morning. Final results will be released on the afternoon of 17 October. Our current elected members remain in office until the day after the declaration of final results is publicly notified. This official notification will be published in the Waikato Times, likely on 19 October, although issues such as recounts could affect this timing. The new term’s elected members cannot act in their roles until they are sworn in on 31 October. For more information on the elections, go to our website tcdc.govt.nz/elections.