Voting in Elections

You'll receive your voting documents in the post - along with a freepost envelope so you can send your vote back. This page explains the voting process in detail.

Voting Period 

Voting documents will be sent to all electors by post.

  • The voting period is three weeks. 
  • Electors may post their completed voting documents back to the Electoral Officer using the pre-paid envelope sent with the voting document.
  • If you still haven't voted by the day of the election, we recommend you drop your completed voting papers into one of our Council offices, rather than posting it (see Voting in Person below).

Special Votes

Special votes are available from the Richmond office of Tasman District Council during the three-week voting period for those electors:

  • whose names do not appear on the final electoral roll, but who qualify as electors;
  • who did not receive a voting document;
  • who spoil or damage a voting document previously posted to them;
  • whose name appears on the unpublished electoral roll.

Special votes require the completion of a statutory declaration. This is a legal requirement and protects against possible duplicate voting.

Voting In Person

Completed voting papers can be posted in the ballot boxes at the Richmond or Motueka Council offices during normal office hours.

On election day, voting papers need to be in the hands of the Electoral Officer at the Richmond office by 12 noon.

Return and Results

To be counted, all completed voting documents must be in the hands of the Electoral Officer by noon on election day.

Progress and preliminary results will be posted on Council’s website as soon as possible after voting closes.