Your voting papers will include an instruction sheet, a statutory declaration form, your electorate parliamentary ballot paper and a referendum paper for the two referendums – the End of Life Choice and cannabis legalisation and control.
To download your voting papers, you’ll need to:
confirm you are eligible to vote from overseas
tell us which country you’re in when you download and print your voting papers
confirm you’re enrolled by entering your full name, date of birth and your enrolled New Zealand address.
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You cannot download your voting papers if you're enrolled on the unpublished roll. This is to help protect your personal information.
If you’re overseas and enrolled on the unpublished roll, depending on your location you may be able to vote in person at an overseas voting place or request a postal vote.
If you're not able to access voting services an overseas voting due to Covid-19 restrictions in your area, please email us at email@example.com to check what options are available.
If you’re an overseas voter and can’t download your voting papers, you may be able to vote in person or request a postal vote from your nearest overseas voting place. Services will vary depending on the Covid-19 restrictions in your area.
If you can’t download or visit an overseas voting place, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We may be able to issue you with a postal vote or access other services.
We can’t send you voting papers by email — it’s not secure enough.
If you’ve recently moved to a new electorate and updated your New Zealand address, you will be issued with voting papers for the electorate you are eligible to vote in on Election Day.
You're eligible to vote in your new electorate once you have lived at that address for at least one month. If one month is before election day, you will receive voting papers for your new electorate. If it is after election day, you will receive voting papers for your old electorate as you haven’t lived in the new electorate for one month or more.
The law requires voters to manually mark their voting papers. Once you’ve downloaded your voting papers, please print them to complete them.
Write on your declaration form, parliamentary ballot paper and referendum voting paper in blue or black pen, and make sure everything is clear and easy to read. Your vote may not count if it’s hard to read your voting papers.
Once you’ve printed your voting papers, you must complete and sign the statutory declaration form in front of a witness. The declaration that states you’re both:
outside New Zealand
eligible to vote from overseas.
Who can witness my statutory declaration
The following people can be a witness.
One of your relatives, members of your household, or business colleagues or associates (this person doesn’t have to be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident)
Someone who is enrolled to vote in New Zealand
Someone that a Returning Officer has authorised
A commonwealth representative, such as an:
Ministero Charge d'Affaires
Tourist Commissioner of a Commonwealth country
Someone with the authority to take a statutory declaration, such as a:
Justice of the Peace
barrister or solicitor
Registrar or Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court or District Court
Commissioner of Oaths
A Notary Public
Someone who has the authority to administer oaths for judicial proceedings in the country you’re making the declaration in.
Your witness must also fill out their details and sign your declaration form to confirm they have seen you sign the declaration.
Once you and your witness have signed the declaration form, you can vote by following the instructions on the parliamentary ballot paper and referendum voting paper.
If you make a mistake when you're voting or signing your declaration, try to fix the mistake in a way that is easy to read, so your voting choices are clear.
If you can’t fix the mistake, you must throw away all your voting papers – declaration, parliamentary ballot paper and referendum voting paper. Then just download and print another complete set of voting papers.
Once you’ve completed your voting papers, the easiest way to return your voting papers is to photograph or scan them and upload them.