Make sure you're on the electoral roll

MATHEW GROCOTT
Last updated 12:00 23/06/2014

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With the general election less than three months away, potential voters are being reminded this week to check they are enrolled to have their say on September 20.

Letters will be sent this week to every registered voter in the country, more than 3 million people.

Registrar of electors for the Palmerston North electorate Moana Kaka said everyone who received a letter should check to ensure their details were correct.

"Open it, have a look, check your details are correct. If they're not, fill them out and send them back. That way you can get on to the new electoral roll."

Anyone who does not receive a letter is likely not enrolled to vote, while any letters sent to the wrong address should be returned so people can be removed from the electoral roll.

Kaka said the mailout should be completed by Wednesday.

"If you don't receive one, get in touch," Kaka said.

Students in tertiary education were often among the least likely to be enrolled because their accommodation details could change year to year. Kaka said she was getting around the region's schools to enrol 17 and 18 year olds.

Voters had until mid-August to enrol to make it onto the electoral rolls for this election. They could continue to enrol up until the day before the election but would need to cast a special vote on polling day.

Kaka is new to her position, having taken over from Fiona Strang in February.

Formerly employed in planning and funding with the MidCentral District Health Board, Kaka said she was enjoying the opportunity to interact with the community.

Being enrolled to vote is a legal requirement, though voting is optional.

For an enrolment pack, visit elections.org.nz - text your name and address to 3676, call 0800 36 7656 or visit any PostShop.

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