Many may miss out on voting
Thousands of central Aucklanders have lost their right to vote in this year’s election.
More than 5000 people in the region have been removed from the electoral roll because they have not updated their address details.
That’s equivalent to all of those enrolled to vote in Ponsonby.
Electoral officers say there is no doubt numbers are higher than in 2005, though changes to electorate boundaries make it difficult to compare.
The Auckland Central electorate has the lowest enrolment figures in the country, says electoral registrar outreach coordinator Sharon Reece.
Ms Reece says reasons include the high number of apartment dwellers and younger age group.
They’re not necessarily politically connected with the effects on their day-to-day lives.
“They’re busy working professionals with busy lives.”
Ms Reece says the whole central Auckland population is transient, which means a high voter drop-off with a large number of people shifting house and not re-enrolling.
Registrar worker Gaylene Ross agrees there is a lack of awareness in the area which she has encountered while out on the street enrolling people.
“They’re quite complacent. It’s been quite an eye-opener how many people didn’t realise there was a general election this year.”
Enrolment centre national manager Murray Wicks is concerned at this year’s increase of returns.
He says more than 300,000 people throughout the country are eligible to vote but aren’t enrolled.
“It’s important they have their say at the elections just like everyone else.”
Voters who have been removed from the elec toral roll still have time to re-enrol. Phone 0800 ENROL NOW, see www. elections.org.nz or free text your name and address to 3676.
Losing out: Registrars Anna Kulkarni, left, and Gaylene Ross with some of the returned enrolment forms.