Information about how and when to vote, and results for Dunedin's past elections.
Elections for the Dunedin City Council (Mayor, Councillors and Community Boards), Otago Regional Council, Oamaru Licensing Trust and Southern District Health Board are held every three years on the second Saturday in October. The next elections will be held on 12 October 2019.
The elections will be held by postal vote. The Dunedin City Council and Southern District Health Board elections will be conducted under the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system, while the Otago Regional Council and Oamaru Licensing Trust will be elected under the First Past the Post (FPP) system.
You can find more information on the STV system from the STV website (link to an external website, open in new window).
In 2016 names on the voting documents were in random order for all local authorities. Every voting document will be unique. Local authorities make this decision prior to each election.
Key dates are:
- Friday 19 July 2019 - Nominations open, Electoral Rolls open for inspection
- Friday 16 August 2019 - Nominations close (12.00 noon), Electoral Rolls close
- Friday, 20 September 2019 to Wednesday 25 September 2019 - Delivery of voting documents, If voting documents do not arrive during this period, special voting papers can be posted out (phone 477 4000) or a Special Voting Booth will be available in the Civic Centre.
- Saturday, 12 October 2019 -Election Day. Voting closes at 12.00 noon
Voting Paper Returns
Once voting opens information on numbers of votes returned each day will be available
Are You Enrolled to Vote?
The Dunedin District Electoral Roll is taken from the Parliamentary roll prior to a local body election and can be viewed at the Customer Services Centre. The full rolls for Dunedin and Otago can be viewed at:
- Customer Services Centre.
- Dunedin Public Libraries.
- NZ Post Shops - for the latest copy of all Parliamentary Rolls.
- The Office of the Registrar of Electors, 44 Filleul Street, Dunedin
Enrolment update packs are always posted to all enrolled electors before an election. If you need to update your personal enrolment details, complete the form, sign it and post it back.
You can also check and update your details or enrol at:
- The Elections website at Elections website (link to an external website, open in new window).
- Any NZ Post Shop.
If you live in one area and pay rates on a property in another then you may qualify to enrol on the ratepayer electoral roll. If you wish to enrol as a ratepayer elector please complete and return the enrolment form from the related information section.
Please note that if you are on the Parliamentary electoral roll you will automatically be on the local authority residential electoral roll.
Special voting facilities will be available in the Plaza Meeting Room, Civic Centre from Friday, 20 September until close of voting at 12.00 noon on Saturday, 12 October 2019. Special voting papers can also be mailed to electors earlier in the voting period.