70,000 Voters Removed from the Electoral Roll

Media releases 2013 Local Elections

About 70,000 local election enrolment packs have bounced back to Registrars of Electors marked ‘gone no address’.

The Electoral Commission mailed update packs to the 3.1 million people on the electoral roll at the start of July, to make sure everyone who’s eligible is correctly enrolled to vote in this year’s local elections.

“If you are one of the 70,000 or so voters whose pack has come back to us because you’ve moved house and not updated your enrolment details, you have been removed from the electoral roll, and won’t be able to vote unless you re-enrol,” says Murray Wicks, National Manager, Enrolment Services.

“Local elections are held by postal vote, so it’s really important that we get people enrolled at the correct address and ready to have their say,” says Mr Wicks.

“Getting back on the roll is easy - go online at elections.org.nz, freetext your name and address to 3676, call 0800 36 76 56 or go to any PostShop,” says Mr Wicks

People have until August 16 to enrol in time to receive their voting papers in the mail.

To put the number of people who have been removed from the roll in perspective:

  • 70,000 is the total population of the New Plymouth district
  • 70,000 people participated in the 2013 Ports of Auckland Round the Bays run
  • 70,000 kiwi live in the wild in New Zealand
  • 70,000 teachers work in New Zealand’s pre-schools and schools

Voters removed from Electoral roll by Local Authority

 

Number

Removed

% of Roll Total

 

 

Number Removed

% of Roll Total

Far North District

768

2.0

 

Horowhenua District

459

2.0

Whangarei District

1,286

2.3

 

Kapiti Coast District

676

1.8

Kaipara District

290

2.2

 

Porirua City

237

0.6

Auckland

20,523

2.0

 

Upper Hutt City

673

2.2

Thames-Coromandel District

318

1.5

 

Lower Hutt City

1,628

2.3

Hauraki District

272

2.0

 

Wellington City

5,020

3.5

Waikato District

814

1.9

 

Masterton District

267

1.5

Matamata-Piako District

503

2.2

 

Carterton District

136

2.1

Hamilton City

3,066

3.1

 

South Wairarapa District

194

2.6

Waipa District

699

2.1

 

Tasman District

760

2.1

Otorohanga District

161

2.7

 

Nelson City

1,159

3.2

South Waikato District

285

1.9

 

Marlborough District

688

2.1

Waitomo District

164

2.8

 

Kaikoura District

71

2.6

Taupo District

604

2.6

 

Buller District

212

2.7

Western Bay Of Plenty District

599

1.8

 

Grey District

224

2.2

Tauranga City

2,115

2.4

 

Westland District

139

2.3

Rotorua District

1,061

2.3

 

Hurunui District

149

1.8

Whakatane District

424

1.9

 

Waimakariri District

950

2.6

Kawerau District

59

1.3

 

Christchurch City

7,923

3.1

Opotiki District

151

2.8

 

Selwyn District

658

2.2

Gisborne District

510

1.6

 

Ashburton District

412

1.9

Wairoa District

75

1.5

 

Timaru District

557

1.6

Hastings District

927

1.8

 

MacKenzie District

37

1.3

Napier City

926

2.2

 

Waimate District

125

2.2

Central Hawke's Bay District

160

1.7

 

Chatham Islands Territory

2

0.6

New Plymouth District

1,133

2.0

 

Waitaki District

337

2.1

Stratford District

139

2.2

 

Central Otago District

298

2.1

South Taranaki District

441

2.5

 

Queenstown-Lakes District

403

2.2

Ruapehu District

225

3.0

 

Dunedin City

2,441

2.7

Wanganui District

635

2.0

 

Clutha District

210

1.7

Rangitikei District

255

2.5

 

Southland District

457

2.3

Manawatu District

430

2.2

 

Gore District

158

1.7

Palmerston North City

1,687

3.0

 

Invercargill City

841

2.1

Tararua District

226

1.8