Voting System for 2025
Each term Council can chose what election method it wishes to use – if it changes then the new system must be used for the next two elections.
We can chose between First Past the Post (the current system) and Single Transferable Vote.
At the Council meeting on 18 July 2023 Council resolved to retain First Past the Post as the electoral system for 2025.
Public notice of this decision will be given shortly, after which a Poll can be demanded by our Community. Five percent of the enrolled voters must sign the Poll demand for a Poll to be required. Five percent of the enrolled voted in Invercargill is 1,965.
It is expected that a Poll would cost $125,000.00 to be conducted and would occur in 2024.
Looking to enrol to vote?
The Electoral Commission looks after enrolments for voting.
If you are uncertain if you are enrolled, have recently turned 18, become a Resident or moved you may want to check if you are enrolled and get enrolled!
You can also ring the Electoral Commission, anytime, on 0800 36 76 56, or you can contact us and we can post out a form for you to fill in and return to the Electoral Commission.
We also have papers forms at Te Hīnaki- Civic Building and the Bluff Service Centre if that works.
If you need help contacting the Electoral Commission get in touch with our Elections team.
Trying to work out what you can vote in for the Council elections- with four Councils, Community Boards and Licensing Trusts it can be confusing.
Use our interactive map to learn what you will be voting for in these upcoming elections.
This works for any address in Southland so if you live Invercargill and own property in Riverton you can see what you can vote in both Invercargill and Riverton, and if you live in Winton and own property in Gore you can see what you can vote for in Winton and Gore.
Electoral Officer Contact Details
The Electoral Officer is responsible for the conduct of the election.