The local elections are an important opportunity for you to decide who you want to be making decisions for you and where you live. This year Auckland Council are working hard to ensure everyone has access to all the information they need to participate.

You will receive your voting papers through the post between 16 and 21 September and you will have until midday on 8 October to submit your vote.

As it is a postal vote, you will not be attending a polling booth to cast your vote, rather you will need to complete your voting papers and then post your papers back to the Elections Officer using the prepaid envelope provided.

If you would like assistance completing your postal vote for the Auckland Local Elections, whether that’s needing someone who is not a friend or family member to mark your papers, or even just someone to post your completed paper, then it’s time to let Auckland Council know.

Please call Independent Elections Services on 0800 922 822 to register your interest in having a fully trained Auckland Council volunteer attend your home in order to assist. You will need to provide them with your name, address and contact number.

Auckland Council will then call you back to arrange for a volunteer to visit you at a convenient time between 21 September and 7 October.

You will be able to access all candidate biographies on TIS from 16 September and if you are a Blind Foundation Library user, you will receive the same information on disc through the post. This is the first time the Blind Foundation and Auckland Council have worked together to ensure Blind Foundation clients have this information in an accessible format for the Local Elections.

If you have registered for a volunteer to visit you, it is recommended that you listen to the relevant candidate information beforehand – the process will be a lot easier and quicker if you have an idea of who you would like to vote for before your volunteer arrives!