If you are a member of Young National and want to join Labour to vote for your favourite candidate for the party’s leadership election process it is too late. New memberships were only able to be lodged up to midnight of the day the announcement of the contest was made. In any event only those who are not members of other parties are eligible to vote.
But if you have been a member of the Labour Party during the past couple of years but your membership lapsed or you forgot to pay your membership fee do not despair, there is still time. As reported by Tim Barnett the General Secretary,
… the Rules only allow new memberships up until midnight of the day when the election is triggered; people who have been financial members of the Party sometime between January 1 2011 and August 22 2013 but have not yet paid their membership for 2013 can renew their membership and vote, so long as they do so before 12.00am on Friday 6 September. This can be done by clicking here.
There is a lot more detail in the Rules, which NZ Council have been working on for the past eight months. Click here to see the Rules.
So to all those members who have let their membership lapse do not despair. You can still take part in what may be a fascinating contest.