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Calls, emails and text messages from the Electoral Commission

Apr 26, 2023 | News

The Electoral Commission will be contacting some voters by phone, email or text about the Māori Electoral Option over the next few weeks.

People impacted by recent weather events including Cyclone Gabrielle may have had to move address, and there will be some voters of Māori descent who did not receive an information pack in the mail about the Māori Electoral Option.

From this week, in areas where addresses are known to be impacted and in cases where voters have previously given us a mobile number or email address, we will contact the voter to ask if they have received a pack or need information on the Option.

We will also be contacting voters whose information packs have been returned to us where we have a mobile phone number or an email address.

Enrolled voters of Māori descent who haven’t received a Māori Electoral Option pack in the mail can update their address or change the roll they are on at, or call 0800 36 76 56 for more information.

Background on the Māori Electoral Option

The Māori Electoral Option is the choice for Māori between the general electoral roll or the Māori electoral roll.

Māori make the choice when they first enrol to vote and can change the type of roll they are on at any time except in the 3 months before an election. Enrolled voters who would like to switch rolls before the 2023 General Election need to make the change by 13 July.

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