How to vote using STV   How candidates are elected    How votes are counted
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STV - It's Simple To Vote

At elections for district health boards and some local authorities voters use the "Single Transferable Vote" (or "STV"). On this site you can find out:

How to vote using STV

It is simple to vote with STV. Instead of putting a tick beside the candidates you want to vote for, you rank them with numbers.
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How candidates are elected

In an STV election, candidates must reach a certain number of votes to get elected.
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How votes are counted

Voting is easy with STV. The vote counting is more complex and that's why a special computer programme has been developed.
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In 2013 STV is being used to elect members of these local authorities:

  • Dunedin City Council
  • Greater Wellington Council
  • Kapiti Coast District Council
  • Marlborough District Council
  • Palmerston North City Council
  • Porirua City Council
  • Wellington City Council

 

Click here to see a demonstration of how candidates are elected in an STV system.