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Enrolment packs going out

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/06/2017

<div class="k-paste-container"><span style="font-size:13px;">More than three million enrolment packs are making their way to households for this year's general election.</span><br /></div> © Marty Melville/Getty Images

More than three million enrolment packs are making their way to households for this year's general election.
The distinctive "Orange Guy" envelopes will be pushed into thousands of letterboxes across New Zealand as enrolment gets under way for this year's general election.

More than three million personalised enrolment packs are being sent to all enrolled voters by the Electoral Commission and should arrive in the coming days.

The pack includes a form setting out the individual's current enrolment details with space to record any changes.

"Open it and check the details - if they're correct, it means you don't need to do anything more and you're all set to vote in this year's election [on September 23]," chief electoral officer Alicia Wright says.

Any changes could be made on the form and sent back for free, she said.

Anyone who doesn't get an envelope can go to the website or pick up an form at any post shop.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett says she believes the number of advance votes could top 50 per cent this election.

More than 30 per cent of the votes cast in 2014 were early votes.

"It changes the dynamics of the campaign, and when you say things and make announcements," Ms Bennett said at the National Party's conference over the weekend.

According to the Electoral Commission, voters do not need a reason to vote in advance, but it can be convenient to do so if they're away, working or busy on election day.

Advance voting booths will be set up in most towns and cities prior to September 23.

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