Voters have 'gone, no address'

'We don't know where to find them'

AUDREY MALONE
Last updated 05:00 05/08/2014
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NO LONGER HERE: South Canterbury registrar of electors Gisela Craig with 1000 returned voting packs.
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More than 1000 South Canterbury voters appear to have vanished.

While those on the electoral roll have been sent voter packs to check their details before this year's election, 498 from the Rangitata electorate and 505 from the Waitaki electorate have been returned; marked "Gone, no address".

South Canterbury registrar of electors Gisela Craig said although it is a legal requirement to be enrolled, making it easier for everyone was why it was important to ensure details were up to date.

"If people have moved and they haven't updated their details, we don't know where to find them.

"If you are enrolled by August 20 then you get an easy vote card and it is easier for us to tally up the votes," she said.

More than 43,000 New Zealanders are missing from the electoral roll just over six weeks out from the September 20 election, the Electoral Commission said.

People could check their enrolment online or update their details at 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 can free text their name and address to 3676, get a form from a post shop or freephone 0800 36 76 56. They can also enrol at elections.org.nz.

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- The Timaru Herald

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