AM I ELIGIBLE TO VOTE?
Will you be 18 or older on 12 October 2019?
Are you a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident?
Have you lived in New Zealand continuously for one year at some point?
If you answered YES to all the above - whoo, you’re eligible to vote in the 2019 elections!
HOW DO I ENROL TO VOTE? OR CHECK THAT MY ENROLMENT DETAILS ARE CORRECT?
Once you’ve determined that yes, you’re eligible to vote, simply head on over to www.vote.nz to enrol, check or update your enrolment details. Did you know that while you’re 17, you can enrol provisionally, which means that you can enrol now and you’ll automatically be enrolled the day you turn 18?
HELP! I MISSED THE ENROLMENT DEADLINE/MY DETAILS AREN’T UP TO DATE!
You’ll have to cast a ‘special vote’, which just means there’s an extra couple verification steps you have to do. The easiest way is to drop in to the Council buildings during business hours with your ID and you’ll be able to cast your vote right then and there (so come prepared knowing who you’re going to vote for) or you can email the Electoral Officer Dale Ofsoske (email@example.com).
WHY SHOULD I VOTE THOUGH? WHY’S IT IMPORTANT?
Local government is responsible for so many of the direct government services that we use, such as water, waste, roads, and public transport! Don’t forget, we also pay rates, so it’s important that the money goes towards things that we think are important. However, you don’t have to pay rates to be a voter.
And if you think about it, in New Zealand we’re pretty damn lucky to live in a democracy, where everyone gets a say in who can make decisions on behalf of us. That’s definitely not a right we’ve always had, and in some places around the world, it’s unfortunately still not a reality. And with the massive issues and challenges that lie before us as we head deeper into the 21st century, it’ll be us young people who’ll have to live in the world led by who’s elected. This is our chance to take our power into our hands and make our future our own.
And if that hasn’t convinced you, here’s what a bunch of Hamiltonians have to say…
HOW DO I FIND OUT WHO THE CANDIDATES ARE?
We’ve profiled all the candidates aged under 35 running across our region. Here’s a playlist of their quickfire interviews!
Or, if you don’t feel like watching videos (or you’re running out of data), you can read Q&As with all the young Waikato candidates below. How good?
For candidates aged over 35, you can view who’s running over at the candidate pages for:
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW TO VOTE THIS YEAR?
Visit this page and read the novel at the top, and then come back here. And then we’ve got creative and depicted visually the things that’ll help you know when each stage of the voting process takes place and where to drop off your voting papers.
I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO GO THROUGH ALL THE CANDIDATES. IS THERE A SHORTCUT?
We totally get it, life is always so busy! Thankfully, there is a handy tool for you to cut through all the extra stuff you don’t need to know. The good sorts over at The Spinoff have created an interactive tool called Policy Local to help you narrow down your options. Just plug in your address and you’ll be able to see which elections you get to vote in, with the candidate pitches side by side. You can see each candidate’s positions together, or sort by topics such as climate change, water, housing, jobs, governance, public health, and transport - just to name a few.
Note: Not all of the candidates submitted their positions to Policy Local, so make sure you read the candidate booklet that comes in your voting pack and do a little online stalk before making your final decisions!
I’M INTERESTED IN A SPECIFIC ISSUE OR TOPIC AREA, WHO SHOULD I TALK TO?
Great question! Aside from reading up on or talking to candidates yourself to find out their positions on the stuff you care about, you can look up groups that have been doing work in your area of interest. We’ve partnered with the following organisations to bring this campaign to life:
A couple more useful resources you might want to check out: