If you enrolled by Sunday, 13 September you will receive your EasyVote pack in early October.
The pack tells you:
How to vote
Who the candidates are
When you can vote
You'll also get an EasyVote card that makes voting quicker on the day.
You can vote from Saturday 3 October to Saturday 17 October. Vote early to help maintain physical distancing.
On election day, voting places are open from 9am to 7pm.
If you want to vote before election day, the opening hours might be different.
Voting places open across New Zealand, so everyone has a chance to vote. We’ll open more voting places than usual to reduce queues. We also encourage you to vote locally if you can.
Some voting places can be quite busy at certain times of the day. If you’d prefer to vote when it’s quieter, or if you may need assistance, the best times to vote are typically between 9am – 11am and 2pm – 4pm, Monday to Friday.
When you arrive to vote, someone will be there to guide you and answer your questions.
Help keep your voting place safe
Election workers will manage the queues at voting places to make sure everyone can maintain physical distancing.
Please use the hand sanitiser provided before you get your voting papers.
Getting your election and referendum voting papers
When it’s your turn, go up to the person issuing voting papers. Put your EasyVote card on the table and tell them your name. They'll find your name on the electoral roll and give you your voting papers. You’ll get one voting paper for the election and one for the referendums.
If you don't have an EasyVote card, you'll be asked for your name and address, and finding you on the electoral roll may take a bit longer.
Once you get your voting papers, you take it to a voting screen where you can vote privately.
You can enrol at a voting place
You need to be enrolled for your vote to count. If you're not enrolled when you get to a voting place, you can enrol there. You can enrol and vote at any voting place, including on election day. You'll need to fill out an enrolment form and a 'special declaration vote' form. Someone will be there to guide you and answer your questions.
You may need to cast a special vote
If your name is not on the printed roll at a voting place, you'll need to fill out a 'special declaration vote' form before you can vote. This is known as a 'special vote'.
Your name may not be on the printed roll if:
You enrolled after the roll was printed
You're voting away from your home electorate
You're on the unpublished roll
If you need help to read or mark your voting paper
A friend, family member or someone working at the voting place can help you mark your voting papers. They can't tell you who to vote for, but they can:
Go to the voting screen with you
Read out the words and information on the voting papers
Mark the voting papers for you if you ask them to
You get two votes in the election — a party vote and an electorate vote.
You can also vote in two referendums — the Cannabis legalisation and control referendum and the End of Life Choice referendum.
You can vote for a party and a candidate, or vote for only one or the other — it's your choice. Voting in the referendums is optional. You can also choose to vote in only one referendum if you want to.
Voting for a party
Your party vote is for the political party you want to be in government.
On the left side of your election voting paper, tick the circle next to the name of the party you choose. You can only vote for one party.
Voting for an electorate candidate
Your electorate vote is for the candidate you would like to be the member of Parliament for the area you live in.
On the right side of your election voting paper, tick the circle next to the name of the candidate you choose. You can only vote for one candidate.
Sample voting papers for the general and Māori electorates
Voting in the referendums
On your voting paper for the referendums, vote by placing a tick next to your answer to each referendum question. You can answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.
Sample voting paper for the referendums
Don't worry if you make a mistake when you're voting
If you make a mistake when you're voting, you can take your 'spoilt' voting paper back and ask for another one. Spoilt papers aren't counted.
When you've finished marking your voting papers, fold them in half.
Place your voting paper for the election in the voting box for your electorate. If you’re voting in a Māori electorate, the box will be grey. If you’re voting in a general electorate, the box will be orange.
Place your referendum voting paper in the purple voting box.
Please use the hand sanitiser provided before you leave.