Special votes are available to those electors during the three-week voting period:
- whose names do not appear on the final electoral roll, but who qualify as electors
- who did not receive a voting document
- who spoil or damage a voting document previously posted to them
- whose names appear on the unpublished electoral roll.
You can apply for a special vote by contacting the Electoral Officer for your council.
Anyone casting a special vote is legally required to complete a statutory declaration to ensuring that each person only casts votes once.
How STV works
The Single Transferable Vote process can be confusing. Here's an animation of how it works, from stv.govt.nz