Invercargill City Council uses the postal voting method to elect its members.
If you are enrolled to vote, you will receive a voting document and candidate information booklet in the post, and a Freepost return envelope. Voting documents are sent out to all eligible voters three weeks before Election Day. You need to complete and return your papers to the Electoral Officer by no later than 12 noon on Election Day (the day on which the voting period for an election or poll ends).
The Invercargill City Council, Southland Regional Council (Environment Southland) and Invercargill Licensing Trust use the First Past the Post system (FPP).
You can apply for a special vote during the three week voting period if one of these situations applies:
- Your name does not appear on the final electoral roll, but you qualify as an elector
- You did not receive a voting document
- You spoiled or damaged a voting document previously posted to you
- Your name appears on the unpublished electoral roll
You can apply for a special vote by:
- contacting the Council Electoral Officer, or
- calling into the Invercargill City Council or Bluff Service Centre offices during the three-week period before Election Day.
When completing a special vote, you will also need to fill in a statutory declaration. This is a legal requirement and protects against possible duplicate voting.
What you can vote for
Successful candidates are elected for a term of three years. In 2016 elections will be held for:
- Mayor of Invercargill
- Invercargill City Council : 12 Councillors to be elected
- Southland Regional Council (Environment Southland): 6 Councillors to be elected for the Invercargill-Rakiura Constituency
Depending on where you live, you may also vote for:
- Bluff Community Board: 5 Board Members to be elected
- Invercargill Licensing Trust: 6 Board Members to be elected
- Southern District Health Board: To be advised