How to vote

Your vote, your voice, your choice.

Voting for this year’s elections is open from 16 September. You have until 12 noon on Saturday 8 October 2022 to cast your vote and have your say about who will be Southland’s mayor, councillors and community board members.

If you’re enrolled, voting papers should have arrived in the mail. Once you have voted, you can put your voting papers in the post (make sure you allow time to meet the deadline), or drop them into a voting box in one of Council’s offices.

If your voting pack hasn’t arrived, if time allows special voting documents can be posted directly out to you – phone 0800 666 048 to see if this is possible.

Special voting documents will also be available from Council’s main office at 15 Forth St, Invercargill (up until 12 noon on 8 October), Council’s office in Oban, Stewart Island/Rakiura (during its usual opening hours), or from the Vote Murihiku Hub on Esk Street Invercargill, situated between Amazon and the Famers entrance (up until 12 noon on 8 October). A special vote pack consists of:

  • a special voting document
  • a special voting declaration
  • an envelope.

Although you can cast a special vote when you have not enrolled to vote, you will have to enrol by Friday 7 October 2022 for your vote to be valid. To enrol, head online to or phone 0800 367 656.

Special votes are available to people:

  • whose names do not appear on the final electoral roll, but who qualify as electors
  • who did not receive a voting pack posted to them
  • who spoil or damage the voting document previously posted to them
  • where is not possible or practical to cast an ordinary vote (such as people about to travel abroad)

Important dates for voters

  • voting papers are posted out to enrolled voters: 16 September - 21 September 2022
  • last day to post your voting papers (ballot boxes will still be open): 4 October 2022
  • Election Day (voting closes at 12 noon): 8 October 2022 official election results announced: 13 October 2022