The New Zealand General Election will be held on Saturday 23 September 2017.
Voters who are overseas during the General Election can vote from Wednesday 6 September to Saturday 23 September.
You are eligible to enrol and vote from overseas if you:
You need to be enrolled by midnight, Friday 22 September (NZ time). You cannot enrol on election day (NZ time).
You need to correctly enrolled before you can vote or download a voting paper.
You will be enrolled in the electorate for the last NZ address that you lived at for a month or more.
Voting papers are not automatically sent to voters overseas.
If you are overseas and enrolled to vote there are three ways you can vote. You can:
Downloading voting papers is is the easiest and quickest way to get your voting papers.
From Wednesday 6 September, voters who are overseas can download and print their voting papers.
Your last chance to download voting papers is 7pm, Saturday 23 September (NZ time).
Full information about how to correctly complete your voting papers will be included with your downloaded voting papers.
If you are on the unpublished electoral roll you will be unable to download your voting papers and will need to use one of the other options.
You can ask to be sent postal voting papers. Postal voting may not be practical if your country’s mail service is slow or unreliable.
Voting papers will be sent by post from New Zealand at the beginning of September, about three weeks before election day.
To ask for postal voting papers, you will need to provide the following information to the Electoral Commission:
Send this information to the Electoral Commission by:
From Wednesday 6 September, you can vote at most New Zealand diplomatic posts overseas and Australian State Electoral Commission offices.
Voting closes at overseas posts at 4.00pm (local time) Friday 22 September (but may close earlier in some countries).
Overseas posts are not open on weekends or public holidays.
Voting papers must be postmarked no later than Thursday 21 September and received no later than noon, Wednesday 27 September (NZ time).
You can upload, fax, post or hand deliver your voting papers.
If you are unable to access any of these voting services or have further questions about enrolling or voting from overseas please contact the Electoral Commission by: