How to vote

All elections are currently held by postal voting. If you are enrolled to vote, you will receive a voting document in the post along with a freepost return envelope. Use the envelope to return your voting document to the Council Electoral Officer. You can do this by post or by hand-delivering it to the Council office in Thames Street, Oamaru.

Palmerston area residents can vote using the ballot box at the Waihemo Service Centre, and council staff will be on hand so that people can cast a special vote if required.

All votes must be received by the Election day.

Voting from overseas

If you are overseas during the entire voting period and would like to vote, please see the instructions in the elections website.

Special voting

You can apply for a special vote during the 3-week voting period if one of these situations apply:

  • your name does not appear on the final electoral roll at your current address, but you qualify as an elector
  • you did not receive a voting document
  • your voting document previously posted to you has been spoiled (other than errors which can be corrected) or damaged
  • your name appears on the unpublished electoral roll.

Anyone casting a special vote is legally required to come into the Council office in Thames Street and complete a statutory declaration to ensure each person only casts votes once.