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Information for votersNgā kōrero whakamārama mā ngā kaipōti

If you’re not a Napier resident but own property here, you can vote in local body elections. You also need to make sure your current address is up-to-date so voting forms get to you on time. Read on below for how to vote on election day and important info about special voting.

When is the election?

Our local authority elections are held every three years, and give you the chance to vote for the Mayor, local council, and District Health Board.

  • From Friday 20 September Voting papers for the 2019 election were posted out to you. If you haven't received you papers, contact the Electoral commission at, or call 0800 36 76 56, to get this sorted.
  • Mon 7 Oct. If you're mailing your papers back, this is the latest you'll want to post them back. NOTE: We have ballot boxes in our customer service centre as well as our libraries.
  • Sat 12 Oct. Voting officially closes at noon. 

How do I vote?

First you need to make sure you're on the New Zealand electoral roll - and that you either live in Napier, or own property here.

You're eligible to enrol if you:

  • are 18 years of age or older, and
  • are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and
  • have lived in New Zealand continuously, at any time, for one year or more, and
  • have lived at your current address for more than one month.

We often get asked if people with multiple properties in Napier receive multiple voting papers. No, they don't. However, people who own property in other districts may also be able to vote there as well as here in Napier. You'll need to contact the electoral officer of the local council area where you own property but don't (usually) live. They'll send you a form to complete, sign and return, and then check your eligibility.

But what if you're a non-Napier resident - but own property in Napier? Can you vote? Yes, you can - but you'll need to register on our ratepayer roll.

Where do I vote?

Our local body elections are by postal vote. Your papers should arrive around three weeks before election day - usually in an unremarkable, plain(ish) white envelope (don't look for an orange man like with the national elections). We recommend that you read the candidate booklet when it arrives, vote and mail your papers back quickly (in the prepaid envelope provided. You can also drop them back into the Council offices.

If your papers don't arrive for some reason, or they are significantly damaged or destroyed (or 'creatively enhanced' by a small person), then you can come into Council before election day and cast a special vote. 

Special Voting? What's that about?

Special Votes are available to electors:

  • whose names do not appear on the final electoral roll, but who nevertheless qualify. Usually this is when the elector has enrolled after the roll closed 
  • who did not get a voting paper that had been posted to them
  • who spoiled or damaged a voting paper that had been posted
  • who are going to be overseas over the election period (if you're super-organised, we may be able to send papers to your overseas address)
  • who are on the unpublished roll.

You can either pick up your special voting pack from us, or we can post it out to you. However, the completed voting papers must be returned to the Electoral Officer in the envelope supplied. This is very important as special votes also require the completion of a statutory declaration. Why? It's a legal requirement, and it also offers electors protection against possible duplicate voting.

If an elector wants to make a special vote, but is not on the Parliamentary Roll (e.g. they have just turned 18), they must enrol at a Post Office during normal business hours. Special vote declarations are forwarded to the Registrar of Electors who check that the elector is eligible.

NOTE: Special Votes cannot be collected by candidates or their assistants for distribution to electors. 

Finally... who do I vote for?

Good question! We recommend you read the candidate's blurbs which are up online and also in the Candidate Profile booklet. It's available online - and you'll also receive another copy with your voting papers.

Where Can I vote?


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