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How local elections work

Every three years Auckland Council runs local elections. The Electoral Commission works with us to keep the electoral rolls updated. This is important because the voting information packs that you receive in the mail are tailored to your local area and the candidates who are nominated in it.

Make sure you are enrolled

The first step before any local elections is to check that you are enrolled to vote, and that your details are correct.

You can check or update your details online, or call 0800 36 76 56.

Visit the Electoral Commission website to find out other ways to enrol.

Did you know?

You can enrol to vote when you are 17 so that the next time an election comes around, you are well-prepared to vote.

Get your voter information pack

Local elections are held by postal vote.

By enrolling or checking that your details are up-to-date, you are making sure that you will receive your voter information pack in the mail.

Your pack will include:

  • your local area candidate information booklet
  • your voting papers
  •  the envelope to return your voting papers.

Postage is paid on the return envelopes, so all you need to do is drop them in to your nearest post box or voting box before the due date.

How to return your completed voting papers to us

The easiest way to return your voting papers is to post them in the envelope provided in your voter information pack.

There are also a few other ways that you can get this done.

Mobile voting boxes

These are collection boxes for voting papers at your local spots like libraries, supermarkets, and transport stations.

All you need to do is drop in your completed voting forms and you’re done. Look out for these boxes appearing in your neighbourhood.

Assisted participation

Blind or low vision voters can register for assisted voting.

Information about candidates will be available via a Telephone Information Service.

You can also request a visit from a trained volunteer to help you to fill in your voting papers.

Read next topic - How we ensure all Aucklanders are represented.

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