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Democratic right...Gore District Council deputy electoral officer Luke Blackbeard is encouraging people if their voting papers do not turn up or are mislaid to come into the council and collect a special voting paper. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

Gore district voters will be able to cast their votes in the 2019 local council elections from this weekend.

Gore District Council deputy electoral officer Luke Blackbeard said voting papers were posted on Thursday night and would arrive in the next few days.

He encouraged residents to vote in the election.

“It’s their community and it’s an important part for people to play,” Mr Blackbeard said.

This year there were contested seats for the council in the Gore ward, district at-large, and Mataura Community Board.

There were also contested seats for the Mataura Licensing Trust’s Gore and Mataura wards and Gore and District Health Incorporated’s Gore ward.

Voting papers were expected to be delivered to all registered voters by next Wednesday, September 25.

People who have not received their papers by then should contact Mr Blackbeard.

If papers were mislaid or damaged, people could also apply to Mr Blackbeard for a special voting paper.

Voting papers must be returned to the council before noon on Election Day, October 12, 2019.

Candidate information and election details are on the council’s website.

The Ensign will also contain candidate profiles on Wednesday.