2019 local elections Overview

From
20 September 2019
To
12 October 2019
Have your say on who represents your community by voting in the 2019 local elections.

Local elections decide who is on your local council, regional council, district health board, and other important organisations in your area. The people who are elected get to make decisions that affect your daily life and the future of your town or city.

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Enrol to have your say

You need to enrol before you can vote. You can enrol if you’re 18 or older, a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and have lived in New Zealand for more than 1 year continuously at some time in your life.

Enrol online now

Or call and ask us to send you an enrolment form. Phone 0800 36 76 56.

If you enrol after Friday 16 August

If you enrol after 16 August, you won’t get your voting papers sent to you in the mail. You’ll have to request special voting papers from your local council’s electoral officer.

The last day to enrol to vote in the local elections is Friday 11 October.  Voting closes at midday on Saturday 12 October. 

Contact an electoral officer - Local Government New Zealand

Key dates for the 2019 local elections

29 June Enrolment update packs sent to all enrolled voters from this date
16 August Enrolment closes for the printed electoral roll — enrol by this date to get your voting papers in the mail
If you enrol after this day, you’ll have to request special voting papers from your local council’s electoral officer
20–25 September Voting documents sent to all enrolled voters
11 October Last day to enrol to vote in the local elections
Saturday, 12 October Voting closes at midday

Election results

The local elections are run by local councils. Councils will release the results after voting closes at midday on Saturday 12 October. Check your local council’s website for the results.

Find your local council’s website – Local Government New Zealand

The Electoral Commission does not oversee local elections and we do not hold data on the results or turnout.

Voting help

Voting when you’re on the unpublished roll

If you’re registered on the unpublished roll, you need to apply to the electoral officer at your local council to get your voting papers.

Contact an electoral officer - Local Government New Zealand

Voting from overseas

If you’re overseas, you can still take part in local elections. Just make sure you’re correctly enrolled with an overseas postal address to get your voting papers. Voting papers need to be returned by post. 

Voting when you own property in a council area, but don’t live there

If you own property within a local council area, but usually live outside this area, you can apply to go on the ratepayer roll. You can then vote in the area where you pay rates, and the area where you live.

Apply to get on the ratepayer roll

To apply, contact the electoral officer for the local council area where you pay rates but do not live. The electoral officer will send you a form to complete, sign and return so they can check you’re eligible.

Contact an electoral officer - Local Government New Zealand

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