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Commission urges voters to re-enrol

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/07/2016

The Electoral Commission is asking "tens of thousands" of voters to re-enrol or risk missing out on October's local body elections.

It has mailed out 3.1 million enrolment update packs and about 20,000 have bounced back because people have left their previous addresses.

"More than 135,000 people have updated their enrolment details since the start of the enrolment update campaign but there are still tens of thousands of New Zealanders who will miss out on the chance to vote unless they re-enrol now," the commission said on Monday.

"Local elections are held by postal vote, so it's really important we get people enrolled at the correct address and ready to have their say."

People must enrol or update their details by August 12 to receive their voting papers in the mail.

Those enrolling after August 12 will have to cast special votes, which means contacting their local council for voting papers.

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