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.
23A Telephone dictation of vote by special voter with disability

(1)

This regulation applies to any person in New Zealand who is qualified to vote at any election in any district as a special voter because he or she has satisfied an Issuing Officer that it will not be practicable for him or her to vote at a polling place in a district without incurring hardship or serious inconvenience on the ground that he or she—

(a)

is blind; or

(b)

is partially blind and is unable to mark the ballot paper without assistance; or

(c)

has another physical disability and is unable to mark the ballot paper without assistance.

(2)

A person to whom this regulation applies may request to vote by dictation if for the particular election a system allowing special votes by dictation is made available by the Electoral Commission.

(3)

A request under subclause (2)—

(a)

must be made to the Electoral Commission; and

(b)

may be made during the period—

(i)

beginning on the day after writ day; and

(ii)

ending on a day appointed by the Electoral Commission.

(4)

On receipt of a request made in accordance with subclause (3), the Electoral Commission must decide whether to grant or decline the request.

(5)

If for a particular election a system allowing special votes by dictation is made available by the Electoral Commission, the Electoral Commission must make any arrangements that the Electoral Commission considers to be necessary for the issue and receipt of special votes by dictation, including—

(a)

arrangements for votes to be made by telephone, on such days and at such times as the Electoral Commission may decide; and

(b)

to the extent possible, arrangements to preserve the secrecy of the ballot; and

(c)

arrangements to ensure that votes are accurately recorded on ballot papers; and

(d)

arrangements for envelopes containing special votes recorded under this regulation to be marked with the Electoral Commission’s official mark and forwarded to the Returning Officer for the district for which the vote was issued.

(6)

To avoid doubt, a voter who is voting by dictation on any day at the time such voting closes is entitled to complete dictating his or her vote.

(7)

The following regulations apply, with all necessary modifications, to special votes by dictation:

(a)

regulation 21 (except subclause (5)(a)(iv)):

Regulation 23A: inserted, on 1 June 2014, by regulation 6 of the Electoral Amendment Regulations 2014 (LI 2014/122).