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Vote 2022

Vote information in the 2022 local elections

Issuing of voting documents

Voting documents will be posted to electors from Friday 16 September 2022.

Return of voting documents

Voting documents must be returned not later than noon Saturday 8 October 2022 to the electoral officer.

Voting documents can be returned by post or hand delivered at the following council offices between Friday 16 September 2022 and Friday 7 October 2022 during normal office hours, and Saturday 8 October 2022 between 9.00am – 12noon:

  • Gisborne District Council’s Main Office, 15 Fitzherbert Street, Gisborne
  • Te Puia Springs Service Centre, 4746 Waiapu Road, Te Puia Springs

Special voting

Special voting in terms of the Local Electoral Act 2001 and the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 may be exercised at the above council offices and times.

A person can apply to enrol as either a residential or ratepayer elector right up to and including Friday 7 October 2022 – the day before the close of voting.

Dale Ofsoske, Electoral Officer
Gisborne District Council
15 Fitzherbert Street, Gisborne
17 August 2022

Who can vote in the elections?

Those eligible to vote are all resident electors and non-resident ratepayer electors whose names appear on the electoral roll when it closes on Friday 12 August 2022.

The Preliminary Electoral Roll will be available for public inspection until Friday 12 August 2022.

Are you enrolled to vote?

Make sure you're enrolled to vote - information on enrolled to vote

How to vote

Voting packs will be sent out in the mail to all those who have enrolled from Friday 16 September 2022. The voting period is 3 weeks - Friday 16 September to noon Saturday 8 October 2022.

Electors may post their completed voting documents back to the electoral officer using the orange pre-paid envelope sent with their voting document.

Polling places

Polling places for the issuing of special voting documents and for the receiving of completed voting documents will be available from Friday 16 September to noon Saturday 8 October 2022 at both Council offices.

Make it count

To be counted, all completed voting documents must be in the hands of the electoral officer or an electoral official by noon Saturday 8 October 2022.

Progress results will be announced early afternoon on election day.

Preliminary results will be announced on Sunday morning 9 October and final results will be known on Thursday 13 October 2022.

All results will be available here on our website.

STV - single transferable voting

STV (Single Transferable Voting) is being used to elect members for the first time in the Gisborne District Council elections

What is STV?  He aha te STV?

STV - Single Transferable Voting is being used to the mayor and councillors in the Gisborne District Council 2022 local body elections.

Our Tairāwhiti themed animation explains STV

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For the 2022 local election in Tairāwhiti,

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we’ll be using a new voting system called Single Transferable Vote...

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... or STV.

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There are now two wards in Tairāwhiti –

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a General ward covering the whole region...

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...and a Māori ward also covering the whole region.

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Electors enrolled on the Māori electoral roll

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will vote for candidates standing for the Māori ward.

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Similarly, electors enrolled on the General electoral roll

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will vote for candidates standing for the General ward.

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There will be eight councillors elected in the General ward

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and five Māori ward councillors.

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The number of councillors is determined

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by the population of each roll in the region.

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On the STV voting paper you rank the candidates

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in order of your preference.

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Let’s say there are fourteen candidates

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standing in the General ward you’re registered in.

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You number the candidates you like with a ranking,

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putting a “1” beside your favourite candidate,

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then a “2” beside your second favourite,

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“3” by your third favourite, and so on.

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You can vote for as many or as few candidates as you want.

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You don’t need to vote for all of the candidates.

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The votes are then counted in stages.

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In Stage 1, all number ones are counted.

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Then all the number twos and so on.

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To be elected candidates must reach a particular number of votes

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called the quota.

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Now Stage 2, this is where things get interesting.

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With STV, your vote can be shared based on your preferences.

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Because Crayfish received more votes than the quota and is now elected,

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part of your vote will go to your second choice Hapuka,

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which helps Hapuka get elected.

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In Stage 3, there are still some seats to be filled,

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so the candidate with the lowest number of votes gets eliminated.

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In this case it’s Paua...

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and their votes get transferred to those candidates still below the quota

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and in line with your preferences.

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If [Paua] was your number one preference,

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then your vote goes to your number 2 preference.

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This happens until all eight General ward candidates are elected.

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For the Māori ward the same process applies.

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If there are nine candidates and only five seats available,

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the same transfer of votes is allocated based on voter preferences.

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This happens until all five candidates are elected.

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In exactly the same way, the Mayor is elected based on

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preferences and allocating votes as described for the councillors.

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So Tairāwhiti…..get voting!

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