polling booth at the University of Otago was buzzing
yesterday on the first day of voting for the 2014 general
MPs, electorate candidates, party helpers, and even a
suffragette were present when the Otago Daily Times visited
The Green Party has encouraged people to vote early, rather
than wait until election day on September 20. Among those who
voted at the university booth was Green co-leader Metiria
''The Green Party is encouraging electors not to wait until
election day and instead cast an early vote ... to make sure
their voice is heard,'' Ms Turei said in a press release.
Labour Dunedin South MP Clare Curran and National's Dunedin
South candidate Hamish Walker were near the booth around
lunchtime to encourage people to vote.
Ms Curran also voted yesterday, in a booth in her electorate.
Public Service Association Otago Southland women's network
co-convener Lucy Gray, of Dunedin, said she dressed as a
suffragette yesterday to highlight the effort made by women
to secure the vote in 1893.
Chief electoral officer Robert Peden said almost 300 advance
voting places were available for people to cast an early
Times and opening hours varied around the country.
''Many advance voting places will have late nights or
extended hours in the lead-up to election day.
''If you're unable to get to a voting place on election day,
because you're on holiday, working, in hospital or for [any]
reason whatsoever, voting in advance is the easiest way to
have your say.''