Vote 2019 - key facts

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Local government elections – for regional, city and district councils - are held once every three years and the next one will be held on 12 October, 2019.

Key dates

July 1 – Electoral Commission enrolment campaign starts.

July 19 – Nominations open for candidates. Rolls open council offices, other sites.

August 16 – Nominations close and rolls close.

August 21 – Election date and candidates’ names published.

September 20 - 25 – Voting documents delivered to households.

October 12 – Polling Day — Voting closes at 12 noon. Preliminary results (i.e. once all ‘ordinary’ votes are counted) made available asap.

October 17- 23 – Official results (including all valid ordinary and special votes) declared.

How do voters find information on candidates?

Candidates will generally promote themselves from the time their nominations are confirmed until the end of the election period.

For more information, click here

Make sure you’re enrolled and ready to vote…  

You can enrol at this link, or check your enrolment details:

If you have any problems with enrolling, checking or updating your enrolment details, you can call the Electoral Commission on 0800-367656.

How can electors vote if they’re not on the roll?

Electors have until mid-August of the election year to get on the roll before the rolls close for the local elections. After that date, if an eligible elector is not on the roll, or their roll details are wrong, they can cast a special vote.

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Anyone who wants to cast a special vote must contact the electoral officer by the day before polling day at the latest.

Want a seat at the council table?

Who can stand for election? Candidate nominations open in July (19th) and as long as you're not serving a prison term of three or more years, there are four things you need to be to qualify.

You must be a New Zealand citizen, be enrolled to vote in parliamentary elections, 18 years old (or will be come election time) and have been nominated by two electors from the district you want to represent. 

Then you have to put up a $200 deposit (but can get it back depending on the number of votes you get).  

For more information on ‘voting and becoming a councillor’ click here

When will election results come out?

Votes are processed, but not counted, as they come in. The announcement of the preliminary results will depend on the flow of the returned voting documents to electoral officers.

Electoral officers have the discretion to announce progress results (i.e. votes counted to date), and some do so very soon after midday on polling day for FFP - First Past the Post.

Some city and district councils will use the STV, or Single-Transferable Vote system in which voters use numbers to rank candidates in order of preference. 

For more details on the systems, click here