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?
- What if I’m overseas during the voting period?
- Can I vote early (before 20 September)?
- I live elsewhere but pay rates in the district - can I vote?
- 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?
- What if I don’t receive a voting paper in the post, lose my voting paper or spoil it?
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. What if I’m overseas during the voting period?
The voting period for the 2019 Council elections is 20 September - 12 October 2019.
If you are overseas during this period, there unfortunately are limited options available for voting.
The law does not permit the transmission of voting papers electronically and local government voting papers are not held in New Zealand embassies overseas.
Accordingly, the only way for a voting paper to be transmitted is via post.
If you know you will be overseas during the voting period, you can provide the Electoral Officer for an address where you will be in residence about one week after the voting period starts. A special vote will be sent to this address via air mail but it is the voter’s responsibility to ensure the voting paper is mailed back in time to reach the Electoral Officer by 12 October.
10. Can I vote early (before 20 September)?
No. By law, the Electoral Officer cannot issue a voting paper before the official opening day of voting which is 20 September.
11. 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. However, the Electoral Roll for the 2019 local elections has now closed and whilst you may still submit a new enrolment, you will have to make a Special Vote. This will be sent to you at your nominated residential or postal address.
If you wish to enrol as a ratepayer elector please complete and return this enrolment form to the Electoral Officer.
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: email@example.com 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.
15. What if I have further questions not answered here?
Please visit: https://www.elections.org.nz
Or contact QLDC’s Electoral Officer, Jane Robertson: +64 3 441 0499 or firstname.lastname@example.org
16. What if I don’t receive a voting paper in the post, lose my voting paper or spoil it?
You can go to the Council offices at 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown or 47 Ardmore Street, Wānaka and be issued with a special vote. This requires voters to complete a statutory declaration explaining why they are seeking a special vote, but it is not a complicated process. Voters can either vote when they are completing the process in the office or take the papers away and submit them later.
If you do not live in the district and wish to make a special vote, you can telephone the Electoral Officer (03 441 0499) and ask for a special voting paper to be sent to you. As all voting materials must be originals, voting papers have to be posted so please bear this in mind when applying for a special vote.