Electoral option closing soon

Maori voters have just a few weeks left to choose which electoral roll they want to be on for the next two general elections.

The Maori Electoral Option opportunity started in April and closes on August 2.

That is the last day when voters of Maori descent can choose to be on the Maori roll or the general roll.

The next opportunity to change rolls won’t be until 2024 when the next “option” opportunity is held.

Voters on the Maori roll vote for a candidate in the Maori electorate they live in, and voters on the general roll vote for a candidate in the general electorate they live in.

Whichever roll they are on, they will choose from the same list of political parties when casting their party vote.

“If you’re enrolled to vote and you’re happy with the roll you’re on, you don’t need to do anything — you will stay on that roll,” says Sue Braybrook, Gisborne registrar of electors.

“If you would like to change rolls, now is your chance to do it, but you must hurry because the ‘option’ closes on August 2.”

Voters of Maori descent were sent an information pack about the Maori electoral option in April.

People wanting to change rolls can do so by returning the letter in the pack, or by filling in a new enrolment form.

“Look out for our Maori electoral option team in the community, they can answer any questions you have,” says Ms Braybrook.

“You can also call the office on 06 867 9703 if you’d like us to talk to your community group about the ‘option’.”

Locations where the Maori Electoral Option team will be visiting over the next few weeks include:

  • Bag-a-thon at Ka Pai Kaiti tomorrow from 4pm-6pm and Saturday July 14 from 11am-1pm.
  • The Warehouse from 9am-12pm every Saturday
  • MSD Work and Income, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am-12pm
  • For more information on the Maori electoral option and how to make your choice, visit: www.maorioption.org.nz

Maori voters have just a few weeks left to choose which electoral roll they want to be on for the next two general elections.

The Maori Electoral Option opportunity started in April and closes on August 2.

That is the last day when voters of Maori descent can choose to be on the Maori roll or the general roll.

The next opportunity to change rolls won’t be until 2024 when the next “option” opportunity is held.

Voters on the Maori roll vote for a candidate in the Maori electorate they live in, and voters on the general roll vote for a candidate in the general electorate they live in.

Whichever roll they are on, they will choose from the same list of political parties when casting their party vote.

“If you’re enrolled to vote and you’re happy with the roll you’re on, you don’t need to do anything — you will stay on that roll,” says Sue Braybrook, Gisborne registrar of electors.

“If you would like to change rolls, now is your chance to do it, but you must hurry because the ‘option’ closes on August 2.”

Voters of Maori descent were sent an information pack about the Maori electoral option in April.

People wanting to change rolls can do so by returning the letter in the pack, or by filling in a new enrolment form.

“Look out for our Maori electoral option team in the community, they can answer any questions you have,” says Ms Braybrook.

“You can also call the office on 06 867 9703 if you’d like us to talk to your community group about the ‘option’.”

Locations where the Maori Electoral Option team will be visiting over the next few weeks include:

  • Bag-a-thon at Ka Pai Kaiti tomorrow from 4pm-6pm and Saturday July 14 from 11am-1pm.
  • The Warehouse from 9am-12pm every Saturday
  • MSD Work and Income, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am-12pm
  • For more information on the Maori electoral option and how to make your choice, visit: www.maorioption.org.nz

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