How voting works

If you have enrolled to vote and want to be part of shaping the Wellington Region’s future, now is a good time to find out more about:

  • how the voting system works
  • who you are voting for.

The 2019 Local Government elections will be conducted by postal vote.

The voting period starts on Friday 20 September 2019 and closes at noon on Saturday 12 October 2019.

If you’re enrolled to vote, your voting papers will be posted to you between Friday 20 September 2019 and Wednesday 25 September 2019.

All you have to do is complete your voting form and send it back to the electoral officer using the pre-paid envelope provided.

You can also choose to hand-deliver your voting paper to one of our ballot boxes during the voting period.

If you’re not enrolled to vote, visit the Electoral Commission website or call 0800 36 76 56 to enrol.

Why should I vote?

This is your chance to say who you want to represent you when making decisions for our region over the next three years. The people elected to Council will make many decisions on your behalf. They will set Greater Wellington Regional Council’s rates and decide how the community’s money should be spent to achieve a sustainable region.

Can I vote?

You can vote if you:

  • are recorded on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll as a resident in the Wellington Region, or
  • own a property in the Wellington Region but live outside the region (i.e. you are a ratepayer elector), and are on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll (at the address where you live) and the Ratepayer Roll (in respect of the property you own in the Wellington region). More information in enrolling as a ratepayer is available online here.

If you are unsure whether you are enrolled or whether your details are correct, you can go to 

You can also check out the Preliminary Electoral Roll, which is available for public inspection from 17 July 2019 at:

  • your local city or district council offices
  • the main libraries in the Wellington Region
  • post shops in the Wellington Region.

Read more

Enrol to vote
How do I vote?
Special Voting
Who are the candidates?