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?
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, we’ve got some goodies tucked up our sleeves that will be coming down soon…
HOW DO I FIND OUT WHO THE CANDIDATES ARE?
We’ve profiled all the candidates aged under 35 running across our region and we’ll be getting more content up in the coming months. Watch this space!
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.
Check back as we add more resources!
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: