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How to vote

Everything you need to know about how to vote in the 2022 local election.

Voting is done by post. If you’re enrolled, check your mailbox for your voting forms between 16 and 21 September 2022. Complete your voting forms and return them via the following means: 

  • By NZ Post: in the freepost envelope via any New Zealand Post box. If you are using a post box, it is recommended you post your vote by 4 October to ensure it’s received before the cut-off date – Find your nearest NZ Post box .
  • To a ballot box: There are over 50 Wellington City Council-branded ballot boxes where you can drop off your voting papers across Wellington. Ballot boxes are provided at every Wellington supermarket and Council library, as well as several other locations. Votes can be delivered to ballot boxes up to 12 noon on Saturday 8 October. 
  • To a Wellington City Council voting hub: At Te Pokapū Hapori Community Centre, 107 Manners Street from 16 September to 12 noon 8 October, and from Monday 3 October to 12 noon 8 October to Johnsonville (Waitohi), Karori, Newtown, and Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) libraries. You can also be issued a special vote at these locations!

View the interactive map of places you can drop off your vote.

If you need help filling in your voting document 

If you’re physically impaired, unable to read or write or are not familiar with the language on the form, you may need help to vote. You can authorise someone you trust to mark the voting document for you following your instructions.  During the election period between 16 September and midday 8 October, you can also come to Te Pokapū Hapori Community Centre at 107 Manners Street and get help from trained advisors. 

Special voting

Sometimes you might need to cast what’s called a ‘special vote’. You will need to do this if you: 

  • Didn’t receive your voting forms in your letterbox.
  • Lost or damaged your voting forms. 
  • You enrolled after 12 August 2022. 
  • You are on the unpublished (confidential) electoral roll. 
  • Your enrolled address is out of date, and you have been living at a new address for a month or more. 

Casting a special vote is easy. During the election period between 16 September and midday 8 October, come see the team at the voting hub at Te Pokapū Hapori Community Centre at 107 Manners Street. Special voting will also be available at Johnsonville (Waitohi), Karori, Newtown, and Ruth Gotleib (Kilbirnie) Libraries in the final week of voting from Monday 3 October. It takes less than five minutes to issue a special vote, and you can vote on site or take it away to vote later. 

If you can’t come into the voting hub to cast a special vote, then we can send the forms out to you. Email election@wcc.govt.nz or call 04 499 4444 and we can help. 

Return address for special votes:

The Electoral Officer
Wellington City Council
Private Bag 770153
Orchard Road
Christchurch 8154 

 

Single Transferable Vote (STV) voting  

Voting for the Wellington City Council elections is done via the STV method, where voters rank candidates in order of preference. On your voting paper, put a ‘1’ next to your favourite candidate, ‘2’ next to your second favourite, and so on.  

You can rank as many or as few candidates as you wish, just don’t leave a gap. More information on how STV works can be found on our webpage Electoral systems

Who can you vote for?  

Mayor and Council: No matter where in Wellington you live, you can vote for who you want to be the city’s Mayor and for your local ward councillors.  

Greater Wellington Regional Council: You can also vote for councillors on the regional council.  

Location-specific elections: Depending on where in Wellington you live, you might also be eligible to vote for the Tawa Community Board, Mākara / Ōhāriu Community Board, and the Hutt Mana Charitable Trust.  

Need help?  

Deputy Electoral Officer 
Phone: 04 499 4444 
Email: election@wcc.govt.nz