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Eligibility to vote in local government elections

You are eligible to vote if you are a resident enrolled on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll or a non-resident ratepayer enrolled on the Ratepayer Electoral Roll.

Persons are qualified to be enrolled on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll if they:

  • Are a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of New Zealand; and
  • Are 18 years of age or over; and
  • Have at some time resided continuously in New Zealand for one year or longer; and
  • Are not otherwise disqualified under the Electoral Act 1993.

Parliamentary Electoral Rolls may be inspected at the following locations:

  • Council's Customer Service Centre, The Square
  • Central Library, The Square 
  • Enrolment Services, 9-29 Matthews Avenue
  • New Zealand Post Shops 

If you are not currently enrolled on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll, or wish an alteration to be made, the following options are available:

  • Complete the appropriate form available at any of the above locations.
  • Enrol online on the Elections NZ website

Ratepayers who are not residents of Palmerston North

Ratepayers who are not residents of Palmerston North but pay rates on a property within the city may be entitled to enrol on the Ratepayer Electoral Roll.

Companies, businesses and societies which are ratepayers may also nominate an elector to vote on their behalf. Any such elector nominated must reside outside Palmerston North.

Any alterations or additions to the Ratepayer Roll should be made by contacting the Electoral Officer at the City Council, telephone 06 356 8199.