Enrol to vote

Why should I enrol to vote?

The next Auckland Council elections are coming up in October 2016.

If you love Auckland and want to shape the future of the region,  make sure you are enrolled to vote. Enrolling to vote means you can have a say on the people who will make decisions on what happens in your community over the next three years.

Enrolments close on Friday, 12 August 2016. If you miss the deadline, you can still cast a vote through Special Voting.

How to enrol

If you are an Auckland resident and already enrolled on the parliamentary electoral roll for the general election, you are automatically enrolled to vote in the 2016 Auckland Council elections.

If you are not on the parliamentary electoral roll in the Auckland region and want to enrol, or if you're not sure if you're enrolled and want to check, visit the Electoral Commission website or phone 0800 36 76 56.

If you pay rates on a property in a different area to where you live, you may be eligible to enrol on the non-resident ratepayer electoral roll.

A company or society paying property rates can also qualify as a ratepayer elector. You can download the 2016 Ratepayer enrolment form (PDF 142KB) or get a copy from one of our service centres.

Updating your details

If you move house, you have to update your enrolment details. You can do that on the Electoral Commission website or phone 0800 36 76 56 to enrol.


Special Voting

Special votes are available to people:

  • whose names do not appear on the Electoral Roll, but who qualify - for example, a person who has just turned 18.
  • who have not received their voting document
  • who spoil or damage their voting document
  • whose names are on the Unpublished Electoral Roll.

To request a special vote, you can:

  • phone the electoral office on 09 950 7539 or 0800 922 822
  • visit one of the special voting venues listed below.

Special votes require the completion of a statutory declaration - a legal requirement which protects you against possible duplicate voting.

Location Address

Birkenhead Library

Nell Fisher Reserve, Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead

Glen Eden Library

12-32 Glendale Road, Glen Eden

Howick Library

25 Uxbridge Road, Howick

Kumeu Library

296 Main Road, Huapai

Warkworth Library

2 Baxter Street, Warkworth

Great Barrier Service Centre

Hector Sanderson Road, Claris, Great Barrier

Henderson Service Centre

6 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson

Manukau Service Centre

4 Osterley Way, Manukau

Orewa Service Centre

50 Centreway Road, Orewa

Papakura Service Centre

35 Coles Crescent, Papakura

Pukekohe Service Centre

82 Manukau Road, Pukekohe

Takapuna Service Centre

1 The Strand, Takapuna

Waiheke Service Centre

10 Belgium Street, Waiheke

Electoral Office, Independent Election Services Level 3, Customer House, 50 Anzac Avenue, Auckland


More information

For other queries, contact Electoral Commission

To know more about the voting process, see how voting works.

Elections timeline

  • 13 July
    Public notice of election; Electoral roll open for inspection
  • 15 July
    Candidate nominations open
  • 12 August
    Candidate nominations close 12 noon; Electoral roll closes
  • 17-24 August
    Public notice of candidate names
  • 16-21 September
    Postal delivery of voting documents
  • 16 Sept - 8 October
    Voting period (includes Special Voting); Early processing period
  • 8 October
    Election day - voting closes 12 noon; Preliminary results announced
  • 13-19 October
    Public notice of results
  • By 9 December
    Return of election expenses and donations form
Indicates current position in timeline.

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