There are 19 registered political parties in NZ, 15 are contesting election 2014

Updated February 2015: The Electoral Commission determined on 18 December 2014 to cancel the registration of the Internet Party and MANA Movement (Internet MANA) party and its logo at the party’s request.

1. There are 19 registered political parties in New Zealand (as at Tuesday August 26, 2014)

Yep, 19 (Mana and Internet are in there twice – once for each individual party and once for combined Internet Mana Party). The full Register of Political Parties is on elections.org.nz. In no particular order (and with links to policies pages), they are:

Maori, National, Green, Labour, NZ First, Act, Internet Mana, Internet, Mana Movement, Alliance, Conservative, United Future, Democrats for Social Credit, Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis, Focus NZ, NZ Independent Coalition, The Civilian, Ban1080, 1Law4All.

15 of these parties are contesting the election this year (September 20, 2014). They are:

  1. ACT New Zealand
  2. Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party
  3. Ban1080
  4. Conservative
  5. Democrats for Social Credit
  6. Focus New Zealand
  7. Green Party
  8. Internet MANA
  9. Labour Party
  10. Māori Party
  11. National Party
  12. New Zealand First Party
  13. NZ Independent Coalition
  14. The Civilian Party
  15. United Future

Electoral Commission releases party and candidate lists for 2014 election (August 27, 2014)

♣ What’s involved in registering a political party

2. The election is on Saturday September 20, 2014; polling booths will be open from 9am to 7pm

Don’t forget! ♣ Add it to iCal  ♣ View it on a calendar and grab link to Google Calendar

You can see who’s standing in your electorate and where your nearest polling stations are on elections.org.nz.

3. You can enrol to vote any time between now and September 19 (September 18 if you want to use Telephone Dictation Voting)

If you haven’t enrolled to vote yet, or can’t remember, you can check/enrol fairly painlessly on elections.org.nz: https://enrol.elections.org.nz/app/enrol/#/

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Vote by telephone dictation

If you are blind, partially blind or have another physical disability that prevents you from marking your ballot paper without assistance, you are eligible to vote by telephone dictation. You can register by calling 0800 028 028.

When you call, you will be asked to choose a secret question and answer that only you know. You will then be given a personal registration number. Your registration number and secret question are used to confirm that you’re already registered when you call back to vote.  It means you do not have to give your name to the electoral official.

♣ More information on telephone dictation voting

This video explains how telephone dictation voting is designed to let people who are blind or partially blind vote in private (ie without having to ask a friend to mark their ballot paper for them). Key points start kicking in at 2:50 but the whole video is worth a watch.

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Be on the unpublished electoral roll

If you don’t want your personal address published on the electoral roll, you can request to go on the unpublished roll.

You will need to give your full name, address, date of birth, contact telephone number and produce evidence of your personal circumstances, such as:

  • a copy of a protection order that is in force under the Domestic Violence Act 1995, or
  • a copy of a restraining order that is in force under the Harassment Act 1997, or
  • a statutory declaration from a constable to the effect that he or she believes that your personal safety, or that of your families, could be prejudiced by the publication of your name and details, or a letter from either a Barrister or Solicitor, your employer, a Justice of the Peace, or the like, supporting your application on the grounds that your personal safety, or that of your families, could be prejudiced by the publication of your name and details.

Everything you need to know about the unpublished roll (+ application form)

4. Timeline of key election dates published by elections.org.nz

Monday 25 August, Noon Bulk Nominations Deadline for registered political parties to bulk nominate their electorate candidates to the Electoral Commission.
Tuesday 26 August, Noon Nominations close Deadline for political parties to submit list candidates to the Electoral Commission.Deadline for individual nominations of electorate candidates to Returning Officers.
Wednesday 3 September Advance and Overseas Voting starts
Friday 19 September Advance Voting ends Last day to enrol for the election.
Friday 19 September Midnight Regulated period ends All election advertising must end and election signs must be taken down
Saturday 20 September Election Day Polling places open from 9.00am to 7.00pm. Election Night Preliminary results released progressively from 7.00pm on www.electionresults.govt.nz.
Saturday 4 October Official results for general election declared (including special declaration votes)

5. What happens if disaster interrupts voting on election day

From the: Electoral Commission Plans for Managing Adjournment of Polling in an Emergency

3. Under the Electoral Act 1993 (“the Act”) where polling is affected by an emergency of any kind, the range of options is:

a)   If the area affected is local, the Commission can revoke and amend particular polling places and continue with the conduct of the general election in the rest of the affected electorate and nationwide;

b)   If the event has wider effect, the Commission can adjourn polling in particular polling places, continue with the conduct of the general election elsewhere in the country and either:

(i) publish the preliminary results in the usual way despite voters in the adjourned poll knowing the preliminary results in the general election when they vote; or

(ii) not publish the preliminary results in the general election until the adjourned poll can occur.

4. Under MMP, if polling has to be adjourned in even a single polling place, the election of all members of Parliament and, therefore, the formation of Government is delayed for the period of the adjournment. For this reason, wherever possible the Commission will revoke and amend polling places and make alternative arrangements for voters rather than adjourning polling.