What East Ward By-Election voters need to know


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Thursday 25 January 2018

Hamilton City Council’s East Ward By-Election shifts up a gear tomorrow, Friday 26 January, with the dispatch of voting papers to mailboxes across the eastern half of the city.

Ahead of the arrival of their ballot papers, there’s a few things East Ward voters may need to know.


  • If you enrolled before 22 December 2017, but don’t receive voting papers in the mail by Thursday 1 February, phone 0800 922 822 or drop into the Council office in Garden Place to get special voting papers.
  • You will be ticking one box to vote for one Councillor. Candidates’ names will be randomly ordered on the ballot papers.
  • If you are posting your vote back in, do so by 5pm, Tuesday 13 February.
  • Alternatively, right up to 12pm on By-Election Day, Saturday 17 February, you can put your vote in one of the ballot boxes at Council’s Municipal Building in Garden Place; Hillcrest Library at 58 Masters Ave; Chartwell Library at 5 Lynden Cres, opposite Westfield Chartwell mall.

Not enrolled?

  • If you live in the East Ward but haven’t enrolled to vote, you can enrol online at elections.org.nz, by getting a form by calling 0800 36 76 56 or from any NZ Post Shop. 
  • If you are a non-resident ratepayer, as in you own property or a business in the East Ward but live outside Hamilton, and are yet to enrol, your enrolment forms are available online via the ‘Enrolling’ page at hamilton.govt.nz/byelection or by calling 0800 922 822.
  • To vote in this East Ward By-Election, you must be enrolled by 4pm (for East Ward residents) or 5pm (for non-resident ratepayers with property in the East Ward), Friday 16 February.

Once enrolled, then what?

  • Once enrolled, you will then need to call 0800 922 822 or visit Council to get special voting papers.  If you enrolled after 22 December 2017, you will need special voting papers, as no voting papers will be posted out to you.
  • Special voting papers must also be received by the Electoral Officer no later than 12pm, Saturday 17 February (see above).

Received someone else’s voting papers?

  • If you receive voting papers for someone you don’t know, put ‘Gone No Address’ on the envelope and post back to the sender.

Announcement of East Ward By-Election results

  • Preliminary results will be released to the media and published at hamilton.govt.nz/byelection as soon as possible on the afternoon after voting closes on Saturday 17 February.
  • The official results will be announced when the final count is complete and special votes have been checked, on Wednesday, 21 February.

For more information on the East Ward By-Election see hamilton.govt.nz/byelection.

Page reviewed: 25 Jan 2018 3:56pm