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Published: 2013-07-03 00:00:00

Tomorrow 4 July is a key date for voters wanting to ensure they are correctly registered to vote in this year’s local government elections for Waikato Regional Council and other local bodies.

By tomorrow, the Electoral Commission is due to have sent people on the general and Maori rolls their enrolment update packs including their personal details.

If all the details are right, people don’t have to do anything as their voting papers will simply be sent to them in the mail later.

However, if anything needs updating changes need to be sent back to the Registrar of Electors immediately.

If people don’t get a pack by tomorrow 4 July they are not correctly enrolled to vote, and need to enrol.

Enrolling can be done via several easy methods:

  • Online at
  • freetext your name and address to 3676
  • call 0800 36 76 56
  • go to any PostShop and fill in an enrolment form

More information about enrolling to vote is available at

Currently, only people enrolled by 16 August will be sent their voting papers in the mail. This is the easiest way for voters to have their say in the local elections.

Voting in the local elections is by postal vote from 20 September to 12 October 2013. Voters are reminded that their postal votes need to be received no later than noon on 12 October.

Those enrolling after 16 August will need to cast a special vote, and will need to contact the electoral officer for their local council to obtain voting papers.

There are some special considerations for people wanting to transfer from the general to the Maori roll or vice versa. This needs to be done by 24 July. However, people wanting to register for the first time for the Maori roll (or general roll) still have to 16 August to do so.