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About the 2020 General Election

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The 2020 General Election will now be held on 17 October along with the End of Life Choice and cannabis referendums.

You need to be enrolled to vote in the election and referendums.

To enrol and vote, you need to be 18 years or older, a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and have lived in New Zealand continuously for 12 months or more at some time in your life.

Enrol or update your details online now

COVID-19 and the 2020 General Election

We have processes in place to protect you and your whānau while you vote.

Voting will open 2 days earlier than usual, and there will be more voting places to reduce queues. We encourage you to vote locally and bring your own pen if you can. We’ll provide hand sanitiser at voting places, and there’ll be space for physical distancing. If you need to stay home, you’ll have other ways of voting including voting by post.

Learn more about the safety measures we have in place

Voting starts on 3 October

If you’re in New Zealand, you’ll be able to vote from Saturday 3 October to 7pm on election day, Saturday 17 October. You can vote from overseas from Wednesday 30 September.


Voting in the election

At the 2020 General Election, you can vote for the parties and candidates you want to represent you in Parliament.

Learn more about how to vote

Find a voting place

Voting places will open across New Zealand, so everyone has a chance to vote.

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You can also vote in two referendums

At this year’s general election, you can also vote in two referendums. At your voting place, you’ll get a voting paper for the referendums with your voting paper for the election.

You can vote on whether the recreational use of cannabis should become legal. You can also vote on whether the End of Life Choice Act 2019 should come into force, giving people with a terminal illness the option of requesting assisted dying.

Find out more about the referendums at

Learn more about voting in the referendums

We’ll release preliminary election results on election day

We’ll release preliminary election results from 7pm on 17 October at We’ll count referendum votes after election day, and release the preliminary referendum results on Friday 30 October.

We’ll release the official results for the general election and referendums on Friday 6 November.