You Can Vote in Advance

 A healthy democracy depends on people taking part. It is in everyone’s interests that we all vote. Robert Peden, Chief Electoral Officer

Libraries are the places

By Roger Childs

Ballot boxAdvance voting in the past was largely done by people knowing they would be out of their electorate on polling day. However, anyone can vote ahead of time and save the hassles of finding a handy park and standing in a long queue on September 20. Conveniently Paraparaumu, Waikanae and Otaki  Libraries have advance voting facilities  this week through to  Friday. 

Advance voting started on Wednesday 3 September and plenty of people have already combined their library business with casting an early vote.

Voting in local electorates

Voters can cast a ballot at the Paraparaumu Library advance polling place for any of the three local electorates

  • Mana
  • Otaki
  • Te Tai Hauāuru

At the Waikanae and Otaki Libarariesordinary votes can be made for the Otaki electorate and Te Tai Hauauru.

If people are on the electoral roll, the issuing of an ordinary ballot paper is a quick process.

The Kapiti area for the general roll is split between Mana and Otaki, and the boundary was Kapiti Road at an earlier time. For the 2014 election the dividing line is Ihakara Street, the Wharemauku Stream and the south end of the airport. The area over the railway line in Paraparaumu, south of Nikau Valley, is also in Mana.

For the Maori roll the entire Kapiti area is incorporated in Te Tai Hauāuru (The Western side.)

Election 2014Special votes for any electorate and takeaway ballots

Advance voting also caters for anyone from any electorate in New Zealand. This requires a special vote and the issuing process takes a little longer. The voter needs to fill out a declaration with their basic details and this declaration plus their ballot paper is later mailed to the home electorate.

The Advance Voting Place Manager can also issue takeaway votes. These can be provided for anyone who is unable to get to a polling place either before or on election day. The person can nominate someone to pick up their voting paper. This is another form of special vote.

Advance voting is easy and convenient

So if you want to avoid the big voting surge on Saturday 20 September, you can do your voting ahead of time at your leisure.

The Advance Voting Place at Paraparaumu Library is on the south west side of the building: just follow the signs.

The hours for the rest of the week are

  • Monday September 15 – Wednesday September 17: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
  • Thursday September 18: 9.00 am to 7.30 pm
  • Friday September 19: 9.00 am to 4.30 pm

All people on the general or Māori roll should have received EasyVote cards. Take the card along when you want to vote and the process will be even quicker.

However you do not need an EasyVote card to do your voting.

An efficient way to cast your ballot

Advance voting is available for anyone who wants to do it, whether they live in the local electorate or are from out of town. It saves the bother of getting to a polling place on election day: Saturday 20 September.

So if you live in the Kapiti area and are going to the Paraparaumu, Waikanae or Otaki Library to return or pick up some reading matter, why not cast a vote at the same time?