There are only days left for Hamiltonians to have their say in this year's local elections and more than 80 places around the city where voting packs can be dropped off.

In addition to the more than 50 post boxes in Hamilton, Hamilton City Council has permanent and temporary ballot boxes located around the city, making it easier for people to vote.

The final day for voters to return their voting packs via post to ensure they arrive in time to be counted is 5 October.

Voters can also drop their voting packs until 5pm on October 11 at any of the following locations:

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• Glenview Library
• Chartwell Library
• Hillcrest Library
• St Andrews Library
• Dinsdale Library
• Hamilton Zoo
• Waterworld
• Wintec City Campus – Library
• Wintec Rotokauri Campus – Library
• The University of Waikato – Library
• Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa
• Hamilton City Council – Electoral Office
• Hamilton City Council – Reception
• Settlement Centre Waikato
• Western Community Centre
• Pukete Neighbourhood House
• Shama Ethnic Women's Centre
• Waimarie: Hamilton East Community House
• Waikato Museum | Te Whare Taonga o Waikato

The ballot boxes at the Council building in Garden Place and Hamilton City Libraries community branches will also be open until midday on October 12.

Ballot boxes are also being taken into neighbourhoods around Hamilton to make it easier for voters to share their voice, including casting a special vote. Ballot boxes will be available at these times and locations:​


Waikato Muslim Association
921 Heaphy Tce, Claudelands
4 Oct, 12pm-1pm

Downer
16 Manchester Pl, Te Rapa
4 Oct, 7am-8am

K'aute Pasifika
960 Victoria St, Whitiora
4 Oct, 8.30am-11am

Radius Glaisdale
50 Hare Puke Dr, Flagstaff
4 Oct, 10.30am-11.30am

Summerset Rototuna
39 Kimbrae Dr, Rototuna North
8 Oct, 10am-11.30am

Bupa St Andrews Care Home
26 Delamare Rd, St Andrews
9 Oct, 10am-11am

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Glenview Community Centre
12 Tomin Rd, Glenview
9 Oct, 10.30am-12pm

Bupa Eventhorpe Care Home
32 Firth St, Hamilton East
10 Oct, 10.30am-11.30am

Pukete Neighbourhood House
43 Church Rd, Te Rapa Sportsdrome, Pukete
10 Oct, 3.30pm-5pm

Summerset down the Lane
206 Dixon Rd, Fitzroy
11 Oct, 10am-12pm

Photo / File
Photo / File

Click here to see the council's map of all post boxes and ballot boxes in Hamilton.


The Council's Governance Lead, Becca Brooke, says voters should be aware of the timing of when they're voting to ensure their vote counts.

"Hamilton's 33.6% voter turnout in the 2016 elections was not good enough," she says. "We need to collectively do better and challenge each other to vote.

"An increase in the number of people voting will help to ensure better representation of our communities. By having these permanent and mobile ballot boxes and the option of special voting available throughout our neighbourhoods, we're trying to make it as easy as possible for voters to have their say on who our next city leaders should be."

The council will also have a drive-through voting station at the Anglesea St entrance of its Garden Place building from 9am until midday on Saturday October 12.

If a voter didn't enrol before August 16, did not receive a voting pack, or has a damaged voting pack, they can cast a special vote.

Photo / Tom Rowland
Photo / Tom Rowland

Special voting is available at the council building, Hamilton City Libraries community branches and all mobile ballot box locations.

Council staff at its Garden Place building are also available to help people who need assistance to complete their voting packs.

Anyone who isn't enrolled can do so until Friday October 11. Visit Elections NZ to enrol and for more information about if you're eligible.

As of October 2 15,175 people have voted. This is 14.77 per cent of the 102,714 total electors. In 2016, 12.69 per cent of electors had voted with 10 days remaining.