Dunedin Electoral Office enrolment assistant Sandra Reeves
and Dunedin deputy registrar of electors Dave Morris look
over about 500 electoral enrolment update packs that have
been returned undelivered this week. Photo by Brenda
Tens of thousands of electoral enrolment update packs
have gone out to Dunedin households in the past couple of weeks
and already about 500 have been returned as undeliverable.
That is considered a fairly average response by Dunedin
registrar of electors Dee Vickers and her team, who are
expecting to receive about 3000 returned ''gone no address''
(GNA) enrolment packs in the coming weeks.
That represents 3000 people who are no longer enrolled to
vote, on top of the about 3000 people whose packs were
returned GNA last year and who consequently remain off the
Many people do not receive their packs because they have
moved house and have not updated their enrolment details. If
you have not received an enrolment update pack by now, you
are not enrolled to vote in the general election on September
It was against the law not to enrol, she said.
The Dunedin North electorate was consistently the
second-worst in the country - behind Auckland Central - for
enrolments, especially in the 18-to-25 age group. This was
mainly because of the itinerant nature of the tertiary
student population, Ms Vickers said.
It would be ideal for people to ensure they were enrolled by
August 19, which was when the electoral rolls were sent for
printing, she said.
Everyone enrolled by August 19 would receive an ''easyvote''
card, which made the process of voting at the polling booth
If you have not received an enrolment pack, there are several
ways you can enrol.
Details can be updated online at elections.org.nz, enrolment
forms are available by freetexting your name and address to
3676, calling 0800 367-656 or by visiting any PostShop.
Information is available at www.facebook.com/ivotenz.
- by Brenda Harwood