Enrol to vote in the NZ election

The New Zealand general election is on Saturday 23 September 2017. You can cast your vote from overseas now!

You must be on the New Zealand electoral roll if you are eligible to vote.

You can vote from overseas if you’re enrolled, and:

  • you’re a New Zealand citizen who has been in NZ within the past 3 years, or
  • you’re a permanent resident of New Zealand who has been in NZ within the past 12 months

You need to be enrolled by midnight, Friday 22 September (NZ time). You cannot enrol on election day.

Voting deadlines

The date and time for voting papers to be returned to the Electoral Commission varies depending on the voting method. Voting papers that are:

  • uploaded or faxed must be received by the Electoral Commission by 5 pm AEST time, Saturday 23 September.
  • posted must be postmarked no later than Thursday, 21 September and received at the Electoral Commission or at your Returning Officer’s headquarters by noon, Wednesday 27 September.
  • returned to an overseas post must be received before the close of voting at that post, usually 4pm (local time) Friday 22 September.


Enrol to vote

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