Get enrolled for the by-election
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.