Part 5: Enrolment

This section provides you with key enrolment dates for election year and outlines the resources and roll information that are available to parties for the election.

Deadline for enrolment

Anyone who is enrolled by the Friday before election day can vote in the general election. This includes a valid enrolment application postmarked or date stamped by the Electoral Commission as received before election day.

Enrolment update campaign

The update campaign for the 2017 General Election is planned to start on 26 June with a personalised letter sent to every enrolled elector at their current postal address on the roll to make sure they are correctly enrolled and ready to vote.

There will be follow up advertising telling people if they did not get an update pack they need to enrol or update their details.

Voters need to be enrolled by writ day (23 August) to be sent an EasyVote card. EasyVote cards are sent out to voters at the beginning of the advance voting period.

Encouraging enrolment

Parties play an important role in encouraging electors to enrol and take part in elections. We can provide you with user-friendly resources to use as part of your canvassing activities.

We produce a range of resources in different languages that include information about enrolling and voting.

Information about printing or ordering these resources is available on our website or by contacting the Commission. Go to www.elections.org.nz and click the “Resources & Learning” button, email: publications@elections.govt.nz or phone the Commission (04) 495 0030.

Parties, candidates and MPs can also contact their local Registrar of Electors to obtain lists of residential addresses where there are no registered electors.

Rolls and enrolment information

The Electoral Act provides that candidates, political parties and MPs can purchase electoral information in hard copy or electronic form for the purposes of their campaigns.

The printed rolls for the election will be available for purchase from 11 September 2017.

For information on the application process and prescribed fees, email data@elections.govt.nz or phone the Data Co-ordinator on (04) 495 0030.

Candidates

Party secretaries should ensure that all their candidates check and update their enrolment details if, for example, they have changed address.

Checking and updating enrolment details is easy. Candidates can go to our website www.elections.org.nz, click the “enrol, check or update” button and follow the instructions.

Last updated: 10 April 2017