How to vote using STV   How candidates are elected    How votes are counted

STV - It's Simple To Vote

At elections for district health boards and some local authorities voters use the "Single Transferable Vote" (or "STV"). On this site you can find out:

How to vote using STV

It is simple to vote with STV. Instead of putting a tick beside the candidates you want to vote for, you rank them with numbers.

How candidates are elected

In an STV election, candidates must reach a certain number of votes to get elected.

How votes are counted

Voting is easy with STV. The vote counting is more complex and that's why a special computer programme has been developed.

In 2019 STV is being used to elect members of these local authorities:

  • Kaipara District Council
  • Tauranga City Council (1st time)
  • Ruapehu District Council (1st time)
  • New Plymouth District Council (1st time)
  • Palmerston North City Council
  • Kapiti Coast District Council
  • Porirua City Council
  • Wellington City Council
  • Greater Wellington Regional Council
  • Marlborough District Council
  • Dunedin City Council


Click here to see a demonstration of how candidates are elected in an STV system.