Key dates for the Grey District local authority elections 2019
|19 July 2019||Nominations open for candidates.|
|16 August 2019||Nominations close at 12 noon.|
|16 August 2019||Electoral roll closes - anyone who is entitled to vote but not registered by this date or who's details are incorrectly recorded will have to cast a 'special vote'.|
|21 August 2019||Candidates' names are published.|
|20-25 September 2019||Voting documents are delivered to households.|
|12 October 2019||Voting closes at 12 noon|
|12 October 2019||Preliminary results will be available as soon as all of the ordinary votes have been counted.|
How do we stand for Council?
Nominations will be open on Friday 19 July 2019 and close at 12 noon on Friday 16 August 2019. More information will be available closer to the time.
Candidate information handbook
This handbook outlines information which you need to know as a candidate in the 2019 local authority elections.
Candidate information booklet (PDF,1.6MB)
You can also check out the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) Candidate Guide on their website here.
How do we find information about candidates?
Candidates will generally promote themselves from the time their nominations are confirmed until the end of the election period through the newspaper, radio advertising, billboards, leaflets delivered to mail boxes or the internet. Candidates may also attend public meetings where they can present their views and answer questions from electors.
The local newspaper will normally run stories about candidates and their campaigns during the elections.
Candidates may also provide a ‘candidate profile statement’ to the electoral officer with their nomination, which the electoral officer has to include with the voting documents posted to electors. This information will be included on our website once nominations have closed.
How can electors vote if they are not on the roll?
Electors have until mid-August of the election year to get on the roll before the rolls close for the local elections. After that date, if an eligible elector is not on the roll, or their roll details are wrong, they may cast a special vote. If their name is not on the roll they must apply to enrol before voting. They may also cast a special vote if their voting papers are lost or damaged, or if they can satisfy the electoral officer that it would be too difficult to cast an ordinary vote.
Anyone wanting to cast a special vote must contact the electoral officer by the day before polling day at the latest.
When will election results be available?
Normally preliminary results for the Grey District are available in the afternoon the day that voting closes. How soon after voting closes this will happen depends on the number of votes received and how long it takes to count them. They will be displayed on on a board in the Council foyer as well as on our website.
Final results will be available the folloiwng week once all of the ordinary and special votes have been counted.