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Time to update your electoral role

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More than 135,000 people have updated their enrolment details since the start of the Electoral Commission’s enrolment update campaign, but there are still tens of thousands of New Zealanders who will miss out on the chance to vote unless they re-enrol to vote now.

The Electoral Commission mailed enrolment update packs to the 3.1 million people on the electoral roll at the end of June, to make sure all those who are eligible are correctly enrolled to vote in this year’s local elections. Around 20,000 packs have bounced back to the Electoral Commission as Gone No Address.

“If you are one of the 20,000 or so voters whose pack has come back to us because you’ve moved house and not updated your enrolment details, you have been removed from the electoral roll, and won’t be able to vote unless you re-enrol,” says Robert Peden, Chief Electoral Officer.

“Local elections are held by postal vote, so it’s really important that we get people enrolled at the correct address and ready to have their say,” says Mr Peden.

“Getting back on the roll is easy – get an enrolment form from elections.org.nz, free-text your name and address to 3676, call 0800-367656 or go in to any PostShop.”

People must enrol or update their details by August 12 to receive their voting papers in the mail. Those enrolling after 12 August will need to cast a special vote, and will need to contact their local council for voting papers.

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