61 Special voters

(1)

A person who is qualified to vote at any election in any district may vote as a special voter if—

(a)

that person’s name does not appear on the main roll or any supplementary roll for the district or has been wrongly deleted from any such roll:

(b)

the person intends to be absent or is absent from the district on polling day:

(c)

the person intends to be outside New Zealand on polling day or is outside New Zealand on polling day:

(d)

the person is, by reason of illness, infirmity, pregnancy, or recent childbirth, unable to attend to vote at any polling place in the district:

(e)

the person is, by reason of a religious objection, unable to attend to vote on the day of the week on which polling day falls:

(f)

the person satisfies the Returning Officer or issuing officer that on any other ground it will not be practicable for that person to vote at a polling place in the district without incurring hardship or serious inconvenience.

(2)

A person who is registered as an elector of a Maori electoral district and who is qualified to vote at any election in that district may vote as a special voter not only on the grounds set out in subsection (1) but also on the ground that the person attends to vote on polling day at a polling place that is not a polling place for that district.

(3)

A person whose name appears on the main roll or any supplementary roll for an electoral district and who is qualified to vote at an election in that district may vote as a special voter if the person—

(a)

applies to vote in person before polling day; and

(b)

does so within that district or at an office maintained by the Returning Officer of that district.

Compare: 1956 No 107 s 100; 1990 No 1 s 50(1)

Section 61(1)(f): amended, on 28 February 2002, by section 101(1) of the Electoral Amendment Act 2002 (2002 No 1).

Section 61(3): added, on 1 January 2011, by section 6 of the Electoral (Finance Reform and Advance Voting) Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 137).