Voting in the 2017 General Election kicks off in earnest on Monday, September 11, 2017, when advance voting places open, and will go through until election day on Saturday, September 23, 2017.
The first EasyVote packs will start arriving in voters’ letter boxes from today, with 3.16 million to be delivered over the next week. EasyVote packs are being sent to all voters who were enrolled before August 23 and include a personalised EasyVote card which makes voting quicker.
There are 485 advance voting places around the country, up from 295 in 2014.
Chief Electoral Commissioner Alicia Wright said that there has been a big increase in advance voting over the past two elections.
“So, in this election, we are providing even more voting places in convenient locations where people can cast an early vote. People will also be able to enrol, check or update their enrolment details at any advance voting place – hence they will be able to enrol and vote at the same time. Advance voting places are located where people live, work, study and shop, including universities and shopping malls, and many of them are open after hours and at weekends,” she said.
Most advance voting places are fully accessible or accessible with assistance for people in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.
Mobile advance voting services in some rural areas including Northland, Gisborne, Kaikoura and the West Coast of the South Island.
Voters can also phone 0800-367656 to find out where their closest voting place.