Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I have to vote?
- How do I sign up to vote?
- How do I know if I’m eligible to vote?
- How do I vote?
- Why isn’t voting available online?
- What's the special voting process?
- Can someone vote on my behalf?
- Can I vote multiple times?
- I live elsewhere but pay rates in the district - can I vote?
- What if I’m overseas during the voting period?
- What’s the criteria for standing for local government?
- Can I vote for myself if I’m a candidate?
- What do I do if I see a candidate doing illegal campaigning (i.e. promoting themselves through QLDC’s channels)?
- I have a young child - what assistance is there if I become an elected member?
- What if I have further questions not answered here?
1. Do I have to vote?
Voting is entirely your choice, but by voting you are adding your voice into the mix. It also means it is more likely that there will be elected members in office that align with your values and ideas that you have for our district.
2. How do I sign up to vote?
To check your enrolment status please visit: https://www.elections.org.nz/voters/enrol-check-or-update-now
- If you are enrolled, you will receive a confirmation of enrolment letter in July.
- If you are not enrolled, please collect an orange enrolment form from the QLDC offices - either 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown or 47 Ardmore Street, Wanaka. Alternatively, you can download a copy of the enrolment form here.
- If you need to update your details, you will need to do this through your RealMe login or by calling the Electoral Commission on 0800 36 76 56.
3. How do I know if I’m eligible to vote?
You are qualified to enrol and vote if:
- you are 18 years or older AND
- you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident AND
- you have lived in New Zealand for one year or more continuously at some point.
A permanent resident is someone who is entitled to live indefinitely in New Zealand.
You cannot enrol and vote if you are a:
- New Zealand citizen who has not been in New Zealand within the last three years; or
- permanent resident of New Zealand who has not been in New Zealand within the last 12 months.
There are a few exceptions to this (e.g. public servants or members of the Defence Force who are on duty outside New Zealand, as well as members of their families).
If you are unsure, please call the Electoral Commission on 0800 36 76 56.
4. How do I vote?
Voting takes place by postal voting. If you are registered on the New Zealand Electoral Roll, voting papers will be sent to your registered address by 25 September 2019.
5. Why isn’t voting available online?
Currently there is not legislative provision for online voting (and this is driven by Central Government). However, we are aware that this is something that needs to be addressed going forward.
6. What's the special voting process?
Special votes are available during the three-week voting period (20 September 2019 - 12 October 2019) where electors:
- names do not appear on the final electoral roll, but who qualify
- did not receive a voting document
- spoil or damage a voting document previously posted to them
- names appear on the unpublished electoral roll.
Special votes can be made in person at the Queenstown Office at 10 Gorge Road or the Wanaka Office at 47 Ardmore Street. You will be asked to complete a statutory declaration which details why you need to cast a special vote.
7. Can someone vote on my behalf?
If you are unable to fill in the enrolment form, a support person can help you, or fill in the form on your behalf.
For more details on this please visit: https://www.elections.org.nz/voters/get-ready-enrol-and-vote/enrol-and-vote-disability
8. Can I vote multiple times?
No, you can only vote once.
9. I live elsewhere but pay rates in the district - can I vote?
Yes. If you live in one area and pay rates on a property in another then you may qualify to enrol on the ratepayer electoral roll. If you wish to enrol as a ratepayer elector please complete and return your enrolment form to the Electoral Officer.
10. What if I’m overseas during the voting period?
If you will be living or travelling overseas during the voting period, you may be able to apply to do a special vote.
When applying for this, please provide the QLDC Electoral Officer with a forwarding address to send your voting documents. You will need to pay for the return postage. Currently, there is no ability for election documents to be scanned and emailed to overseas voters, or for overseas voters to scan and email completed voting documents back to the electoral officer.
If you are travelling, you should provide an address where you are likely to be for approximately one week after the start of the voting period. Please note that there are widely varying delivery times for New Zealand mail posted to overseas countries, so there is no guarantee that voting documents will reach you in time at the nominated address. Refer to https://www.nzpost.co.nz/personal/sending-internationally/world-zones for current advice on when mail posted overseas will arrive in various locations.
11. What’s the criteria for standing for local government?
To be a candidate you must:
- be enrolled as a voter
- have proof of New Zealand citizenship, and
- not be disqualified from enrolling.
12. Can I vote for myself if I’m a candidate?
Yes. Everyone is entitled to a vote whether you are a candidate or not.
13. What do I do if I see a candidate doing illegal campaigning (i.e. promoting themselves through QLDC’s channels)?
Please report this to QLDC's Electoral Officer, Jane Robertson: firstname.lastname@example.org or +64 3 441 0499.
14. I have a young child - what assistance is there if I become an elected member?
A local authority may pay a childcare allowance, in accordance with subclauses (2) and (3) of the Local Government Members (2019/20) Determination 2019, to an eligible member as a contribution towards expenses incurred by the member for childcare provided while the member is engaged on local authority business.
For more details on this please click here.