Referenda (Postal Voting) Act 2000

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Version as at 12 April 2022

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Referenda (Postal Voting) Act 2000

Public Act
2000 No 48
Date of assent
14 November 2000
see section 2

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.


5Act applies to specified indicative referenda
6Wording of proposals, responses, and questions
7Form of voting paper
8Returning Officer
9Returning Officer may employ or engage persons
10Electoral Commission
11Delegation by Returning Officer or Electoral Commission
12Provisions applying to delegations
13Purposes of rolls
14Preliminary referendum rolls
15Form of printed preliminary referendum rolls
16Section 110 of the Electoral Act 1993 not to apply to printed preliminary referendum rolls
17Public inspection of printed preliminary referendum rolls
18Public use of printed preliminary referendum rolls
19Supply of electoral information under Electoral Act 1993
20Objections to registration
21Referendum roll
22Supplementary referendum roll
23Form of referendum roll and supplementary referendum roll
24Supply of copy of rolls to Returning Officer
25Persons who qualify to register as electors after close of roll
26Persons who, at commencement of voting period, are dead or disqualified or removed from roll
27Protection of referendum roll and supplementary referendum roll
28Supply and protection of information used for any official publicity campaign
29Who may vote
30Voting period
31Meaning of dispatched
32Period for dispatching voting papers
33Dispatching voting papers by post
34Dispatching replacement voting papers by post
35Dispatching voting papers by fax or dictation
36Envelopes and information accompanying voting papers
37Extension of voting period
38Method of voting
39Return of voting papers to Returning Officer
40Times for return of voting papers
41Voting papers returned late
42Processing of voting papers
43Informal voting papers
44Invalid voting papers
45Protection of secrecy during processing
46Publicity during processing
47Supervision of processing
48Procedure after close of voting period
49Declaration of result of referendum
50Disposal of voting papers and rolls
51Advertisers to be identified
52Who may be applicants
53Who may be respondents
54Who may be respondents
55Application form
56Application to be filed in Wellington High Court
57Time for making application
58Application to be sent to Returning Officer
59Application to be served on respondents
60Matters to be inquired into at hearing
61Decision of court as to result of referendum
62Fresh referendum
65Official publicity campaign
66Influencing electors generally
68Voting papers
69Bribery by any person at any time
70Bribery by any person after voting period
71Bribery by elector before or during voting period
73Undue influence
77Property may be stated as being in Returning Officer
78Validation of irregularities
79Two or more referenda
80Regulations and rules
81Enactments amended
82Part to be part of the Citizens Initiated Referenda Act 1993
84Part heading substituted
86New sections 22 to 22AB substituted
87Part heading substituted
88New sections 24 to 26C substituted
89Endorsement and return of the writ
90New sections 40 and 40AA substituted
91New Part heading substituted
92Publicity for indicative referendum
93Returns in relation to advertisements
94Duty of Chief Electoral Officer [Repealed]
95Return to be open for public inspection [Repealed]
96Part heading substituted
97New headings and sections 48 to 51G substituted
98New Part heading substituted
99Part heading substituted
100New section 55 substituted
101New section 58A inserted
102Schedule amended
103Consequential repeals