More than 2800 voting places locations have been reconfirmed for the 2020 General Election and referendums.
Voting Services National Manager Graeme Astle says reconfirmation of election plans has gone well since the election date was changed and preparations are on track for voting from October 3 – 17 .
“Communities have rallied to support the election and reconfirm voting places for the new dates. Venues include school, church and community halls, marae, mosques and shopping malls."
For the first time, there will be a bilingual voting place where election staff will be able to take people through the voting process in te reo Māori.
The voting place is in Huntly at Te Wharekura O Rakaumanga.
Another new initiative is the pilot of a New Zealand Sign Language interpreting service for deaf voters at six voting places in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington and Christchurch.
The number of voting places has been increased this election, especially on the weekend before election day, as a COVID-19 measure to reduce queues.
There will be more than 600 advance voting places, increasing to 1348 on Saturday, October 10, and 829 on Sunday, October 11.
On election day, October 17, there will be at least 2564 voting places.
A small number of additional voting places are still being finalised. Voting place locations and hours are available at vote.nz or by calling 0800 36 76 56.
Graeme says recruitment for the election is also going to plan.
“Most of the people who were appointed to work at the election have been able to accommodate the change in date and we are close to filling all 25,000 vacancies."
There are other ways people can vote if they cannot go to a voting place, including postal voting.
For more information go to www.vote.nz/covid-19.