Thousands missing from electoral roll

SIOBHAN DOWNES
Last updated 09:46 04/08/2014
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More than 43,000 New Zealanders are missing from the electoral roll just over a month out from the September 20 election, the Electoral Commission says.

The commission mailed enrolment update packs to everyone on the electoral roll at the end of June, asking them to check their enrolment details.

But tens of thousands had bounced back marked "gone no address".

The Wellington Central electorate was the worst, with 1237 voters removed from the roll, while the Waimakariri electorate had the least with 351.

"Over 43,000 enrolled voters have moved house without updating their enrolment details," national manager of enrolment services Murray Wicks said in a statement today.

"We want all eligible New Zealanders correctly enrolled to vote. If you're not sure whether you're enrolled, now's the time to check."

While voting is not compulsory, it is a legal requirement to enrol to be registered on the electoral roll.
People could check their enrolment online at www.elections.org.nz, by calling 0800 36 76 56, or by checking electoral rolls at post shops and public libraries in their electorate.

To enrol, voters could free text their name and address to 3676, get a form from a post shop or free-phone 0800 36 76 56. They could also enrol or update their details online at www.elections.org.nz.

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