Wellington, July 22, 2019
Thousands of people could miss out on voting in the October local elections after their enrolment update packs were returned marked “gone no address.”
Enrolment packs were sent to 3.3 million enrolled voters at the end of June 2019, so that they could ensure that their details were up to date. Local elections are held by a postal vote and people need to be listed at the right address to get their voting papers in the mail.
Electoral Commission National Manager of Enrolment and Community Engagement Mandy Bohte said that about 90,000 people have enrolled or updated their details this month and made sure that they are ready to vote in the local elections.
“There are also approximately 60,000 people whose packs have bounced back marked gone no address. If you have moved house but have not been updated your address, do it now so that you can have your say in the local elections,” she said.
Ms Bohte said that voters can update their addresses by filling in a new enrolment form.
Please visit vote.nz, or any PostShop or call 0800-367656 and ask for a form.
“People must enrol or update their details by August 16, 2019 to receive their voting papers by mail. Those enrolling after that date should contact their Local Council and arrange a special vote. Postal voting will be held from September 20 to October 12, 2019,” Ms Bohte said.
For more information, please contact Clare Pasley on 027-5517845
Enrolment statistics for each Council area are available at