Voters should check their enrolment details are up-to-date now to make voting easy in the Tauranga by-election, says Graeme Astle, national manager of Voting Services.
The by-election will be held in the Tauranga electorate on Saturday, June 18, to choose a new local Member of Parliament.
‘If you live in the Tauranga electorate, make sure you’re enrolled and ready to vote in the by-election,” says Graeme.
“Voters who are enrolled before Wednesday, May 11, will be sent an EasyVote pack in the mail. It’ll have information about when, where and how to vote, and include an EasyVote card which will make voting faster.
“If you’ve moved since the last election, make sure you update your address on the electoral roll so you get your EasyVote pack in the mail.”
Voters who enrol or update their details after May 11 will need to cast a special vote, which takes a bit longer.
To be eligible to vote in the by-election, you need to have lived in the Tauranga electorate for a month or more, be 18 years or older, and be on the General Roll.
You must also be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and have lived in New Zealand for one year or more continuously at some point.
“You can check your enrolment details are up-to-date at: vote.nz. You can also enrol or update your details online using your New Zealand driver licence, New Zealand passport or RealMe verified identity. Or you can call 0800 36 76 56 and ask for a form to be sent to you,” says Graeme.