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    I live in one part of Auckland and have my properties in another part of Auckland (Papakura).

    Someone said I should try and vote in the Papakura area a while back. Just sorted this out I think.

    The electoral commission don't do it, and so I rang the council who said they don't do it and to ring the electoral commission... but in fact it is these people you speak to: http://www.electionservices.co.nz/

    Some 3rd party contracted to do this sort of stuff. They're sending out a form for me to fill in.

    So I can vote for Mayor, Ward and Local Board here in West Auckland, and will also be able to vote in the Local Board elections for Papakura.

    I bet hardly anyone knows they can do this...
    Squadly dinky do!

  • #2
    No, I didn't know about this.

    Thanks for telling us.

    Jillian

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    • #3
      Good aye?

      This means I can vote for the guy who was a big help to me when doing the development in Papakura, Calum Penrose.
      Squadly dinky do!

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      • #4
        Surely this doesn't make sense... Your tenants have the right to vote, and so do you, based on the same property?

        If nothing else, this opens up our local electoral system to extreme manipulation by the wealthy who can afford to buy a house in each suburb to influence the results. The poor are underrepresented enough in elections without the wealthy double-voting.
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        • #5
          I know that I can vote in Upper Hutt & Nelson because I own property in both locations.
          The rule about being able to vote in towns where property is owned is there because the councillors can make decisions that affect the property and the rates.

          Having the rule apply to local boards in Auckland is a logical extension.
          The Son of Glenn

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Anthonyacat View Post
            Surely this doesn't make sense... Your tenants have the right to vote, and so do you, based on the same property?

            If nothing else, this opens up our local electoral system to extreme manipulation by the wealthy who can afford to buy a house in each suburb to influence the results. The poor are underrepresented enough in elections without the wealthy double-voting.
            Yeah I hear what you say.

            I guess it's only a vote for the local board, not another vote for mayor etc.

            So if you were very wealthy, you could have one house in each local board area, and exercise 1 vote in each. Hard to see how you could really influence things this way.
            Squadly dinky do!

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            • #7
              So I have property in Auckland but don't live there - can I vote for the Mayor?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Wayne View Post
                So I have property in Auckland but don't live there - can I vote for the Mayor?
                I don't think so.

                You only get the extra Local Board vote as far as I can see.
                Squadly dinky do!

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                • #9
                  You can vote as a residential elector in the Local government area where you are registered on the electoral role as residing. You can also be registered as a Ratepayer elector where you are the owner of a property outside of the district you reside in and vote there as well.

                  If a number of people own a property only one of them can register as a ratepayer elector.

                  I know a few people who cast a vote in the area they live and in several other areas where they own property. You need to register on the ratepayer role at that council. You cant vote in the same Council area as a ratepayer and as a resident. Only one vote (per district).

                  Not a lot of people know this....

                  Russell




                  Who can vote in the local elections?

                  Anyone who is correctly enrolled can vote in the local elections where they live.
                  Also, voters who own property within a local council area, but who usually live outside this, can apply to go on the ratepayer roll. They will then be able to vote in the area where they pay rates, and the area where they live.
                  To go on the ratepayer roll, you need to apply to the electoral officer for the local council area in which you own property but do not usually live. The electoral officer will send you out a form to complete, sign and return so they can check your eligibility.
                  If you are registered on the unpublished roll, you will need to apply to the electoral officer at your local council to receive your voting papers.
                  Overseas voters can take part, but must ensure that they are correctly enrolled with an overseas postal address in order to receive their voting papers. Voting papers for local elections cannot be downloaded.

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                  • #10
                    Back in the day only a person who lived in an area could vote at the local ellections.
                    This caused problems = in the (old) Newmarket council area only something like 800 residents were able to vote as most properties were commercial/industrial.
                    Thus the residents could vote in those who promised very low residential rates and very high commercial ones.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Wayne View Post
                      So I have property in Auckland but don't live there - can I vote for the Mayor?
                      Yes you can register to vote for the Mayor
                      The Son of Glenn

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