The Southern Ward By-election will be held on Friday 22 December 2017.

The Southern Ward By-election will be conducted by postal vote.

Voting opens on Thursday 30 November and closes at 12 noon on Friday 22 December 2017.

Your voting papers

If you're enrolled to vote in the Southern Ward, you will receive your voting papers in the post between Thursday 30 November and Tuesday 5 December 2017.

If you haven't received your voting papers by Wednesday 6 December, phone the Electoral Officer on 04 499 4444 or email

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How to vote

By post

Post your completed voting paper in the white freepost envelope not later than Tuesday 19 December 2017.
Find a post box near you

Drop off

Take your white voting envelope to the one of the following places before 12 noon Friday 22 December.

  • Council Electoral Office, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington
  • Central Library, 65 Victoria Street
  • Island Bay Library, 167 The Parade
  • Newtown Library, 13 Constable Street
  • Ask library staff for the ballot box location.

Who you can vote for

The Southern Ward By-election is being held to elect one Wellington City councillor to the Southern Ward.

Special voting

Special Voting is available at the Wellington City Council Electoral Office from 30 November to 12 noon on Friday 22 December 2017. Reasons to make a Special Vote might include:

  • your name does not appear on the final electoral roll at your current address, but you qualify as an elector
  • you are enrolled but did not receive the original voting document that was posted to you
  • your voting document previously posted to you has been spoiled (other than errors which can be corrected) or damaged
  • you are on the unpublished electoral roll.

Voting from overseas

If you are overseas during the entire voting period and would like to vote, email the Deputy Electoral Officer at to arrange a postal special vote to be sent overseas with:

  • your full names and residential address (so we can identify you on the electoral roll)
  • a postal address overseas where you can receive your voting papers

You need to post your votes back to reach the Electoral Officer by 12 noon on 22 December 2017. (You will need to pay the return postage.)

Assisted voting

Special provision has been made for people who need help to vote in the election. Anyone who requires help, such as those who are blind or vision impaired, or who have difficulty in reading and casting their vote due to impairments, can come to the Council’s Election office and get help from trained advisors. If those seeking help are not already registered on the Electoral Roll, help can be provided at the same time. Trained advisers will be available.


Appoint a scrutineer

The general role of the scrutineers is to observe the election and poll procedures and help give the public confidence in, and an understanding of, the local electoral processes.

 Any candidate wishing to appoint a scrutineer must advise the Electoral Officer in writing at least 24 hours before the close of voting (ie before 12 noon on Thursday 21 December 2017).

To appoint a scrutineer, use the following template: Letter of Appointment of Scrutineer (119KB PDF) l Text version (1.1MB RTF)

Request a listing of who has voted

Candidates may request a listing of who has voted to date, up until the close of voting, by downloading the following form, completing this and returning it to the Electoral Officer: Application for Marked Electoral Roll Form (102KB PDF) l Text version (579KB RTF)

More information

Deputy Electoral Officer, Wellington City Council

Phone 04 499 4444
Postal Address PO Box 2199, Wellington
Street Address 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington