Information for Voters

We want more Kiwis to get involved.

LGNZ and SOLGM's joing VOTE 2019 campaign is about listening and engaging on the issues that matter to people that will make New Zealand a better place to live, work and play.

It’s about people having their say at the 2019 local elections and voting for the issues that they care about for their family, business and community. 


Who can vote in the local elections?

Anyone who is correctly enrolled can vote in the local elections where they live.

Also, voters who own property within a local council area, but who usually live outside this, can apply to go on the ratepayer roll. They will then be able to vote in the area where they pay rates, and the area where they live.

To go on the ratepayer roll, you need to apply to the electoral officer for the local council area in which you own property but do not usually live. The electoral officer will send you out a form to complete, sign and return so they can check your eligibility.

If you are registered on the unpublished roll, you will need to apply to the electoral officer at your local council to receive your voting papers.

Overseas voters can take part, but must ensure that they are correctly enrolled with an overseas postal address in order to receive their voting papers. Voting papers for local elections cannot be downloaded.


Vote Day, 5 October

To make sure people vote early we urge people to post their papers on Saturday 5 October – or ‘Vote Day’.

Our research has shown some of the main reasons people give for not voting are they forgot, ran out of time or were too busy.

Click here to view our media release about Vote Day. 

To find your nearest post box click here.


How people could get involved

People can learn more about the VOTE 2019 campaign by following us via our social sites:

We will regularly post information about the elections and the issues we have been told that matter to New Zealanders through our research.

For more information about our background research click here

To link to our media release click here.

For more information on voting in Auckland please click here


Ngā Pōti ā-Taiohi - Youth Voting

We want more Kiwis to get involved in the 2019 Local Authority Elections – and that includes our future voters!

The Ngā Pōti ā-Taiohi - Youth Voting initiative is aimed at 11-15 year old students (school years 7 to 10) to experience the election process first hand: considering and discussing key issues, voting for candidates on real issues, and being able to compare their results against the official election results.

Click here for a Teachers Guide to Youth Voting 2019a list of participating schools, further information and a range of useful resources.

If you are in the Auckland region, please click here for more information.


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