Electoral Regulations 1996

  • This version was replaced on 28 August 2017 to make corrections to regulations 4B, 18(2), 19(1) and (1)(b), 21(5)(a)(iv), 25(5), 26(3), 45(1)(b), (1)(b)(i), and (2), 46(2) and (7)(b), 49(1)(b)(i) and (2)(a), and form 15 in Schedule 1 under section 25(1)(i), (j)(ii), (iii), and (iv) of the Legislation Act 2012.
59 Return of special votes


A special voter to whom documents referred to in regulation 55(1) or (2) have been issued, other than by dictation under regulation 57(2)(d), may, after voting in the manner prescribed for special voters in Part 2, arrange for the ballot paper, any voting papers, and the declaration to be delivered—


by hand, in an envelope, to the Issuing Officer; or


by post, in an envelope, to—


a Returning Officer in New Zealand; or


the Electoral Commission; or


by facsimile to the Electoral Commission; or


by electronic transmission to the Electoral Commission, if for the particular election a system allowing secure electronic transmission is made available by the Electoral Commission.


A special voter may complete and attach to an envelope delivered under subclause (1)(a) a consent form in a form that the Electoral Commission has approved.


An envelope delivered by hand under subclause (1)(a) must be received by the Issuing Officer by 4 pm local time on the day before polling day.


An envelope delivered by post under subclause (1)(b) must be—


postmarked or date-stamped with a date that is at least 2 days before polling day; and


received by the Returning Officer in New Zealand, or the Electoral Commission, not later than noon New Zealand time on the fourth day after polling day.


A ballot paper, any voting papers and a declaration delivered by facsimile under subclause (1)(c) or electronically under subclause (1)(d) must be received by the Electoral Commission before the close of the poll.

Regulation 59: replaced, on 1 June 2014, by regulation 21 of the Electoral Amendment Regulations 2014 (LI 2014/122).

Regulation 59(2): amended, on 21 March 2017, by section 114 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2017 (2017 No 9).