40,000 Voters Lost in Transit

Media releases 2014 General Election

Tens of thousands of New Zealanders need to get back on the electoral roll now, after their enrolment update packs bounced back marked ‘gone no address’.

“Over 43,000 enrolled voters have moved house without updating their enrolment details,” says Murray Wicks, National Manager, Enrolment Services. “We want all eligible New Zealanders correctly enrolled to vote.  If you’re not sure whether you’re enrolled, now’s the time to check.”

People can check their enrolment online at www.elections.org.nz, by calling 0800 36 76 56, or by checking the newly-printed electoral rolls at PostShops and public libraries in their electorate.

The Electoral Commission mailed enrolment update packs to everyone on the electoral roll at the end of June, asking them to check their enrolment details.

“If you are one of those whose pack has been returned to us because you’ve moved house and not updated your enrolment details, you have been removed from the electoral roll and need to fill in a new enrolment form now,” says Mr Wicks.

The Wellington Central electorate has had the most voters removed from the roll with 1,237, while the Waimakariri electorate has had the least with 351.

“If you didn’t get an enrolment update pack, we don’t have your correct enrolment details. You need to enrol now so you can have your say in the 20 September general election,” says Mr Wicks.

“Enrolling is easy. Voters can freetext their name and address to 3676, get a form from a PostShop or call Freephone 0800 36 76 56.  People can also enrol or update their details online at www.elections.org.nz.”