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Elect your most preferred Mayor

Change to the Single Transferable Vote (STV) voting system for local elections in Auckland, so you get the Mayor and councillors most preferred by voters.

What this is about:

Mayors in New Zealand local authorities are elected "at large" (directly by the voters).  Unlike our regional councils, which are led by a chairperson who is elected by the councillors, from among themselves.

In a regional council, if the chairperson loses the confidence of the council they can replace him or her and carry on.  But in Auckland, and all other local authorities, if the Mayor loses the confidence of the other councillors there is nothing they can do but carry on until the next election.

I really prefer it if Auckland's Mayor were elected in the same way as a regional council chair.  But that's just not possible under the current legislation (The Local Electoral ACT 2001).

But it is possible to change the voting system so that the Mayor has a clear majority and a stronger mandate from Auckland's voters. The Local Electoral Act 2001 permits council elections to use either one of two voting systems: First Past the Post (FPP) or Single Transferable Vote (STV).  

In Auckland, FPP is currently used for the Mayor, Councillors and Local Boards while (on the same set of voting papers), STV is used for the District Health Boards. 

STV voting means you can vote for more than one Mayoral candidate, in order of preference (numbering your votes 1, 2, 3, etc).  If your first choice doesn't get in then your vote goes to your second choice, and so on until a Mayor is elected with a clear majority of votes - even if they are not all first preferences.

How to do it:

I propose that, after this forthcoming election, the Auckland Council make a resolution under section 27 (1) of the Local Electoral Act, to change the voting system in Auckland to STV for the 2019 election.  This will ensure that the Mayor of Auckland is the one most preferred by a majority of voters.