2020 General Election Timetable

The timetable for the election is determined in accordance with the Electoral Act 1993.

Tuesday 28 January Prime Minister announces dates for 2020 General Election
Friday 19 June Regulated period for election advertising expenses begins
Monday 6 July Launch of Electoral Commission enrolment update campaign
Wednesday 12 August Dissolution of Parliament
Sunday 16 August Writ Day - the Governor General issues formal direction to the Electoral Commission to hold the election
Thursday 20 August noon  Deadline for registered political parties to bulk nominate their electorate candidates to the Electoral Commission 
Thursday 20 August noon  Deadline for political parties to submit list candidates to the Electoral Commission 
Friday 21 August noon  Deadline for individual nominations of electorate candidates to Returning Officers
Wednesday 2 September Overseas voting starts
Saturday 5 September Advance voting starts
Friday 18 September Advance voting ends
Friday 18 September midnight Regulated period ends. All election and referendum advertising must end. Signs must be taken down by midnight.
Saturday 19 September Election day. Voting places open from 9.00am to 7.00pm
Election night. Preliminary election results released progressively from 7.00pm on www.electionresults.govt.nz
Referendum votes will not be counted on election night
Friday 2 October Preliminary referendum results will be released
Friday 9 October Official results for the 2020 General Election and referendums declared
Thursday 15 October Last day for the return of the writ


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