The Hawke's Bay region is buzzing with activity as many cast their votes in advance of election day.

Yesterday the Flaxmere Community Centre located on Swansea Road was so busy it ran out of enrolment forms and was without the documents for around half an hour.

"It appears it's been very busy with enrolments and one of our voting places did run out of enrolment forms but we got a new batch to them straight away, within half an hour," an Electoral Commission spokesman said.

The spokesman was not able to confirm if those who wanted to enrol waited until more forms arrived but apologised for the inconvenience it may have caused.


'It think it's just a reflection of how busy it's been and we did get them new forms as quick as we could."

The Electoral Commission could not provide a regional breakdown of advance votes cast in electorates in Hawke's Bay, but a spokesman said figures were higher than previous years.

"Advanced voting has been growing in popularity over the last couple of elections. It's a convenient option for people who are working, busy or away on election day. We are seeing that a lot of people are voting in advance this year."

The latest national figures drawn from the commission's website showed 806,043 people had cast their votes early; more than 88,000 more than the last election.

Early voting numbers have slowly crept up, inching towards one million, since advance voting began last Monday.

Of the 485 advance voting places around the country nearly 30 are located throughout the Hawke's Bay Today distribution area, from Wairoa to Dannevirke.

The number of voting places is set to rise to around 2400 nationwide on election day as more people are expected to turn up and vote on the day.

"It will be a busy day and we have more voting places open on election day," a spokesman said.

All voting places will be open from 9am to 8pm on Saturday, the busiest time usually being from 9am to 11am.

For more information about when and where you can vote either in advance or on election day visit