Auckland returning officers report having received 39,300 votes by 4.00pm on Wednesday, reports The Spinoff, via post and Vote Boxes around the city. This brings the running count to 100,225 ballots, or 8.8% of eligible voters. It’s still below the same point three years ago, when that sat at 11.3%, but offers hope that last year’s final turnout might be in sight. It’s a low bar: the 2019 figure in Auckland was 35.3%. For more on the turnout tally and the reasons it might be sluggish, see here.