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Voting in the 2019 local elections

Find out who can vote, how to vote, and the constituency for where you live.

Voting in local government elections

VOTE 2019 campaign is about listening and engaging on the issues that matter to people that will make Hawke's Bay a better place to live,work and play. It’s about people having their say at the 2019 local elections and voting for the issues that they care about for their family, business and community.

Who can vote in the local elections?

Anyone who is correctly enrolled can vote in the local elections where they live.

Also, voters who own property within a local council area, but who usually live outside this, can apply to go on the ratepayer roll. They will then be able to vote in the area where they pay rates, and the area where they live.

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.

If you are registered on the unpublished roll, you will need to apply to the electoral officer at your local council to receive your voting papers.

Overseas voters can take part, but must ensure that they are correctly enrolled with an overseas postal address in order to receive their voting papers. Voting papers for local elections cannot be downloaded.

Check you are enrolled here

When do I need to vote by?

Your voting papers will be delivered by post between 20 - 25 September. 

Postal Voting takes place between 20 September and 12 October. 

Your voting papers need to be at Council before voting closes at 12 noon on Saturday 12 October.

Ngā Pōti ā-Taiohi - Youth Voting

The Ngā Pōti ā-Taiohi - Youth Voting initiative is aimed at 11-15 year old students (school years 7 to 10) to experience the election process first hand: considering and discussing key issues, voting for candidates on real issues, and being able to compare their results against the official election results.

More information for teachers and students is available here.

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