Please vote TODAY.

Today is the last day to post voting papers to be sure they meet the Saturday deadline for the local body elections.

Councils and politicians are urging people to post their voting papers today and improve on the nationwide 41.4 per cent voter turnout in 2013.

In Auckland, the turnout in 2013 was 35.5 per cent and it appears the voter turnout this year will fall short of 40 per cent. Latest figures showing 24.4 per cent of votes have been returned show Auckland is tracking for a 38.7 per cent turnout.

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More worryingly, the turnout has been tracking down in the past few days.

Across the political spectrum, candidates are doing their best to get the message across.