Here's when you decide who to give your votes to.
Everyone gets a vote on who will be the Mayor and depending on where you live, you'll vote for the six Councillors to represent that area.
If you live on the east side of the river, you'll vote for Councillors for the East Ward, and if you live on the west side, you'll vote for Councillors for the West Ward.
Hamilton City Council uses the First Past the Post voting system. This means you tick the names of the candidates you want to vote for - one vote for the Mayor and six votes for Councillors. The candidates with the most votes are elected to Council.
Check out our Candidates page once nominations open for more information about who is standing for Mayor and who wants to be a Councillor in your ward. Our Events page also has details of where you can go to meet or hear from the candidates.
To return your voting papers in time to be counted, you’ll need to get them in the post by Saturday 5 October. After that date, you can drop them off at Hamilton City Council in Garden Place until 12pm on Saturday 12 October.
We'll also be running drive-through voting stations for a quick and easy way to deliver your papers. Follow Hamilton City Council on Facebook to find out when these are happening.
Permanent ballot boxes
Temporary ballot boxes
Special votes are available if:
Special votes can be made until 12noon on Saturday 12 October 2019, at:
Special votes require the completion of a statutory declaration. This is a legal requirement and a protection for electors against possible duplicate voting.
We want as many of you to vote as possible, so if you need a hand to complete your voting papers, we’ve got people who can do that. Drop in to the Hamilton City Council building in Garden Place anytime during the voting period, or email email@example.com.
It's not too late to enrol and vote, you will juse need to cast a special vote (see above).
Do you tick these boxes?
Then you’re eligible to enrol and vote!
Own property but live outside of Hamilton? Have your say by registering as a ratepayer elector.
Visit Elections NZ to enrol and for more information about if you’re eligible.