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Published Friday 16 Oct 2020

Due to COVID-19, Electorate Returning Officers will not be collecting votes from patients in hospital either in the lead up to or on Election Day. Hospitals will also not be used as designated voting places.

However, people who cannot get to a voting place because they are in hospital can still vote.

From Saturday 3 October, patients in hospital can use this form to nominate a friend or family member to collect their voting papers. The patient and nominee must both complete the form to allow the nominee to collect the voting papers, bring them into the hospital, and then return the papers to a voting place.

People who know they will be in hospital prior to Election Day (Saturday 17 October) are encouraged to do this, or to take part in early voting, to ensure their vote can be cast.

People who are scheduled to be in hospital on Election Day will receive a copy of the form with their appointment letter. Copies of the form will also be available in wards in the lead-up to the election, and on Election Day itself.

Please remember that anyone nominated to collect patients’ voting papers will need to abide by the DHB’s visitors policy.

More information about Election Day and voting is available from the Electoral Commission.