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How to vote in the by-election

Research the candidates

Before you vote, spend some time researching who you want to vote for.

See Who you can vote for to find information about all the candidates and where to attend a Meet the candidates event.

Enrol to vote

In New Zealand, enrolment for all elections is managed by the Electoral Commission.

You will still be enrolled if you have previously voted in local or parliamentary elections. But you may need to update your details if you have moved.

You can also enrol and vote at the same time in person at our One Stop Shop:

​Location​Date​Time
​​Mt Eden Village Centre​Sunday 9 May​7-10am
​Mt Eden Village Centre​Wednesday 12 May​10am-6pm
​​Mt Eden Village Centre​Sunday 16 May​7-10am
​​Mt Eden Village Centre​Wednesday 19 May​10am-6pm

See the Electoral Office website to find out if you are enrolled, or to find other ways to enrol.

How to fill in the voting form

Your voting paper will include all the candidate names. You will need to select your preferred candidate by ticking the box next to their name.

The candidate who gets the most votes wins.

Postal voting

If you were enrolled to vote before Thursday 25 March 2021, you will receive your voting paper in the mail by Wednesday 5 May 2021.

Once you have filled in your voting paper, put it in the pre-paid envelope provided and post it back. You can also drop your voting paper in a ballot box. See the list in the where to drop off your vote below (link to section) to find places to vote closest to you.

When to post the vote

You will need to post your voting paper by Monday 17 May 2021 to make sure it reaches us on time.

If you miss this date, you can still vote by putting your envelope into one of our ballot boxes before noon on Friday 21 May 2021.

Where to drop off your voting papers

You can drop off your voting papers up until noon on Friday 21 May 2021 in one of our ballot boxes. The boxes are accessible at any time as they are outside the building entrances at the following locations:

Countdown Mt Eden
Cnr Valley and Dominion Roads
Mt Eden

Epsom Library
195 Manukau Road
Epsom

Mt Albert Library
84 St Lukes Road
Mt Albert

Mt Eden War Memorial Hall
487-489 Dominion Road
Mt Eden 

Potters Park
173 Balmorral Road
Mt Eden

One Stop Shop

You can also enrol and vote at the same time in person at our One Stop Shop:

​Location​Date​Time
​​Mt Eden Village Centre​Sunday 9 May​7-10am
​Mt Eden Village Centre​Wednesday 12 May​10am-6pm
​​Mt Eden Village Centre​Sunday 16 May7-10am
​​Mt Eden Village Centre​Wednesday 19 May​10am-6pm

Special voting

You will need to cast a special vote if:

  • you have not enrolled to vote but you qualify as an elector
  • you do not receive your voting papers
  • your voting papers are damaged or spoiled.

How to cast a special vote

You will need to sign a special voting declaration, which needs to be witnessed. Anyone aged 18 or over can act as a witness, including an election official.

You do not need to present your ID to cast a special vote.

Special vote at a library

You can collect special voting documents at Epsom Library when the library is open and before midday on Friday 21 May 2021.

Overseas and absentee voting

If you will be away during the voting period, you will need to provide the electoral officer with an address where the voting paper can be sent to you.

If you are arriving back into the country just prior to or over the voting period and are required to complete two week’s managed isolation, please notify the electoral officer so a voting paper can be sent to you.

Contact the electoral officer

09 973 5212

info@electionservices.co.nz

Assisted voting

You can arrange for a trained election official to come and help you fill in your voting paper if you are blind or vision-impaired, or would otherwise find it difficult to complete the voting paper.

You can make an appointment to cast your assisted vote by calling the electoral officer:

0800 922 822

If COVID 19 alert levels change

COVID-19 alert level changing to level 3 or 4 will not impact your ability to vote through postal voting.

Significant restrictions will be imposed during alert level 3 or 4 on candidates for campaigning. The candidates will have to follow Ministry of Health guidelines on social distancing and public safety.

This will impact the candidates' ability to complete some functions of a normal campaign, such as:

  • public meetings
  • door-to-door campaigns
  • in-person meetings. 

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