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2013 Local Elections FAQs

2013 Enrolment Drive

What is it? The Electoral Enrolment Centre’s enrolment drive runs from Monday 1 July to Friday 16 August 2013 to get as many people as possible enrolled to vote for the local elections. Everyone correctly enrolled by Friday 16 August 2013 will get their voting papers for the elections sent to them in the mail.

Why is it happening? Local elections run from Friday 20 September to midday Saturday 12 October 2013. Only people correctly enrolled will get their voting papers for the local elections sent to them in the mail. The cut off to get your voting papers in the mail is Friday 23 August 2013.
 
What is involved? From Monday 1 July 2013 everyone enrolled will get sent an enrolment update pack in the mail. All you need to do is check that your details are right. If they are correct you will get your voting papers sent to you in the mail.If anything needs updating, make the changes and send them back to us immediately.
 
If you don’t get a pack by Thursday 4 July 2013 you are not correctly enrolled to vote, and you need to enrol.
 
When should I get an enrolment pack by? If you haven’t got your enrolment pack by Thursday 4 July 2013 you are not correctly enrolled to vote.
 
What if I don’t get an enrolment pack? You are not enrolled or not correctly enrolled to vote. You need to enrol now. You can also enrol by Freetexting your name and address to 3676, from your local PostShop or by calling 0800 ENROL NOW (0800 36 76 56). 
 
When do I need to be enrolled by? Do it today. If you’re not enrolled in time – by Friday 16 August 2013 – you won’t get your voting papers sent to you in the mail.
 
When are the local elections? Local elections run from Friday 20 September to midday Saturday 12 October 2013.
 
What is the non residential ratepayer roll? The Ratepayer roll is a list of people who own property within a local council area but who usually live outside this. Electors who are on the Ratepayer roll are able to vote in the local council area in which they usually live (and are enrolled to vote in) and for the local council area where they are registered on the Ratepayer roll.
 
Eligible electors who own property in a local council area they don't usually live in, need to apply to go on the Ratepayer roll if they are interested in voting in this area.
 
How do I go on the Ratepayer roll? To go on the Ratepayer roll, you need to apply to the electoral officer for the local council area in which you own property but do not usually live. The electoral officer will send you out a form to complete, sign and return so they can check your eligibility.
 

Enrolment

 
How do I enrol? It’s easy. Enrol here now Enrolment forms are also  available by free texting your name and address to 3676, from your local PostShop or by calling 0800 ENROL NOW (0800 36 76 56). 
 
Who can enrol? You can enrol if you:
  • are 18 years of age or older: and
  • are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and
  • have lived in New Zealand for more than one year continuously at some time in your life.
I am overseas, can I enrol?  If you are enrolled with an overseas postal address then your voting papers will be sent  to you at this address. If you are enrolled and your postal address is in New Zealand then you will need to contact the person receiving your mail to get them to send the voting papers to you. You will need to ensure your completed voting papers are received by the local council electoral officer by the time the voting period closes at midday Saturday 12 October 2013. You are not able to vote by email or by faxing your voting papers back.  Local councils do not allow voters to download their voting papers from their websites.
 
How do I know if I am enrolled?  From Monday 1 July 2013, everyone enrolled will be sent an enrolment update pack. If you have not received your pack by Thursday 4 July 2013, you are either not enrolled or your address details need updating. If this happens, you need to fill in an enrolment form. 
 
Enrolment forms are available at PostShops, by calling 0800 ENROL NOW (0800 36 76 56), by freetexting your name and address to 3676 or from the elections website www.elections.org.nz. You can also check your details and enrol online at the website.
 
I’ve changed address. What should I do? If you have:
  • received your enrolment update pack – fill in the back of the form with your new residential address, postal address (if different from your residential address), then sign, date and return it in the envelope provided.
  • not received your enrolment update pack and you've lived at your address for at least one month - fill in an enrolment form. Enrolment forms are available at PostShops, by calling 0800 ENROL NOW (0800 36 76 56), by texting your name and address to 3676 or from the elections website www.elections.org.nz. You can also check your details and enrol online at the website.
  • not received your enrolment update pack and you've not lived at your address for at least one month - fill in a mail redirection request form at any PostShop.
I have changed my name, or other details, since I enrolled (e.g. marriage/statutory declaration). How do I get these details correctly recorded? If you have:
  •  received your enrolment update pack – fill in the back of the form with your new details, then sign, date and return it in the envelope provided
  • not received your enrolment update pack - fill in an enrolment form. You can get an enrolment forms are available at PostShops, by calling 0800 ENROL NOW (0800 36 76 56), by texting your name and address to 3676 or from the elections website www.elections.org.nz. You can also check your details and enrol online at the website.
I’ve received an enrolment update pack for someone who no longer lives at this address. What should I do with it?
Print on the envelope “Gone no address” and return it to the registrar of electors.