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Friendly reminder...Electoral Commission community liaison staff Doreen Whakamoe (left) and Heather Ryan visit Gore businesses encouraging people to check they are on the electoral roll ready for the election next month. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

The registrar of electors is urging young voters in the Southland electorate to make sure they are on the electoral roll.

The 2020 General Election will be held on October 17 along with the end-of-life choice and cannabis referendums.

Southland and Invercargill registrar of electors Danette Pikia said the electorate had one of the lowest enrolment rates in New Zealand.

“Right now it has the third-lowest enrolment rate in the country,” Ms Pikia said.

In particular, it was voters aged from 18 to 29 who were not registered.

“When kids leave school and wherever they go .. they just don’t enrol.”

It was important young people were on the electoral roll.

“If they don’t enrol and don’t vote their voice won’t be heard.

“Their voice is just as important as anyone else’s but they are just not having their say.”

Maori also had low enrolment rates.

Usually, electoral commission staff visited schools and events to encourage people to check their enrolment details but was being hindered by Alert Level 2 restrictions.

“We really need help from the community to be active in encouraging people to get out and enrol and vote.”

However, staff had been visiting businesses.

“The reason we have been going to businesses is because we can Covid trace and know where our people have been and who they have been in contact with.”

It is illegal not to be on the electoral roll.

People could enrol online by filling a form on the website Vote.NZ.

“It’s very simple, very quick.”

Those people who do not have access to the internet can telephone 0800 367-656.