Get en­rolled for the by-elec­tion

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Mana vot­ers are be­ing en­cour­aged by the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion to en­sure they are cor­rectly en­rolled by Oc­to­ber 20 so they can re­ceive an EasyVote card.

The card, which fea­tures the voter’s name, ad­dress, page and line num­ber in the elec­toral roll, will be sent out to reg­is­tered vot­ers the week be­fore the by­elec­tion, as part of an EasyVote pack. It can be taken to a polling booth on Elec­tion Day and is an at­tempt to the make the vot­ing process as quick and easy as pos­si­ble.

Peo­ple who are not cor­rectly en­rolled be­fore Oc­to­ber 20 will not re­ceive the pack, and will have to cast a spe­cial vote. Chief elec­toral of­fi­cer Robert Pe­den says the com­mis­sion will work in the com­mu­nity to en­sure vot­ers know the ma­jor dif­fer­ences be­tween this by-elec­tion and a gen­eral elec­tion.

Only peo­ple in the Mana elec­torate are able to vote in the by-elec­tion. Res­i­dents reg­is­tered on the Maori roll will not take part – the by-elec­tion is only to se­lect the MP for the gen­eral elec­torate.

Vot­ers un­able to vote within the elec­torate on elec­tion day will be able to vote at an ad­vance polling place.

Mana reg­is­trar of elec­tors Toni Weir says al­though an en­rol­ment drive was re­cently com­pleted for the lo­cal body elec­tions, there are still many peo­ple in the area who have be­come newly el­i­gi­ble to en­rol or who have moved house.

To be el­i­gi­ble to en­rol in the Mana elec­torate you must: Be 18 years of age or over Be a New Zealand cit­i­zen or per­ma­nent res­i­dent who has lived in New Zealand con­tin­u­ously for 12 months at some time

Have lived in the Mana elec­torate for one month or more.

Peo­ple can also check their en­rol­ment de­tails on the elec­tions web­site elec­tions. org.nz.

Cur­rently 96.3 per cent of el­i­gi­ble vot­ers in the Mana elec­torate are en­rolled to vote.

Of those not en­rolled, al­most 1400 (76.3 per cent) are aged 18 to 24 years old.

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