Information on voting, special voting and electoral rolls.
Central Hawke's Bay District Council elections are by postal vote. Voting forms are posted to electors along with a freepost envelope to return their vote to the Council's Electoral Officer.
The voting forms will be posted to your address on the electoral roll. To change your address details you can:
The electoral system used is First Past the Post (FPP).
Special Votes are available to electors:
Special Votes can be posted directly out to electors. Requests for the voting papers can be made at the Central Hawke's Bay District Council, Ruataniwha Street, Waipawa or phone +64 6 857 8060. The completed voting papers however, must be returned to the Electoral Officer in the envelope supplied.
Special Votes require the completion of a statutory declaration. This is a legal requirement and a protection for electors against possible duplicate voting.
If an elector requests a Special Vote and is not on the Parliamentary Roll (e.g. just turned 18 years of age), the person must enrol at any Post Shop during normal business hours. Special Vote Declarations are forwarded to Registrars of Electors for verification that the elector is eligible and has enrolled as a Parliamentary elector.
NOTE: Special Votes cannot be collected by candidates or their assistants for distribution to electors.
To vote in a local authority election, you need to be enrolled on either the residential or ratepayer electoral roll.
Copies of the Electoral Roll are available at Central Hawke's Bay District Council , Ruataniwha Street, Waipawa, the Public Libraries in Waipukurau and Waipawa, and New Zealand Post Shops.
You are eligible to enrol on the residential roll if you:
If you are registered on the parliamentary (electoral) roll, you are automatically enrolled on the local authority residential roll at the address where you live. You do not have to be a ratepayer to qualify for enrolment on the residential roll.
To change your address details you can:
Ratepayers who are not residents of the Central Hawke's Bay but pay rates on property within the Council's boundaries may be entitled to enrol on the ratepayer roll. Companies, businesses and societies which are ratepayers, may also nominate an elector to vote on their behalf, provided any such elector resides outside the Council's boundaries.
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