Residents keep registrar busy

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It is non-stop for the South Canterbury registrar of electors as thousands of electoral roll packs come back marked ‘‘return to sender’’.
Registrar Gisela Craig said thousands of update packs had been sent back after being posted out a few weeks ago.
Local body elections will be held on October 8, and South Canterbury residents are being asked to check if they are enrolled and ready.
Chief electoral officer Robert Peden said eligible voters would not be ready to vote if they had not received an update pack.
‘‘Local elections are held by postal vote, and voting papers can only be sent to those who are correctly enrolled,’’ Mr Peden said.
‘‘If you received your pack, all you need to do is check that your details are right.’’
If the details were correct, voting papers would be received in the mail in September, Mr Peden said.
‘‘And if you got a pack for someone not at your address, cross it out and pop it back in the post so we can update our records.
‘‘If any of your details need updating, make the changes on the form and send it back in the enclosed return envelope.’’
Enrolling or updating enrolment details can be done by filling in a new enrolment form.
Go online at www.elections.org.nz, call 0800 367656, freetext your name and address to 3676, or visit any PostShop.
Everyone correctly enrolled by Friday, August 12 will be sent their voting papers by their local council electoral officer.
Those enrolling after August 12 will need to cast a special vote, and will need to contact their local council for voting papers.