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All of our voting place locations for the 2023 General Election have now been confirmed. There are 2,600 voting places throughout Aotearoa overall.
We don’t have an application process for the provision of voting places. Our Electorate Managers work with the community to put voting places in spaces that are easy to access, and which are close to where people live and work. Voting places are also selected based on our requirements around security, building standards, accessibility, and privacy.
At this point, we’re unable to accommodate any requests for new voting place locations, but our community engagement teams can support people to enrol and get ready to vote.
In 2020, we piloted a bilingual voting place at Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga in Huntly where voters could go through the voting process in te reo Māori. This year, we’ve expanded that to 15 Kaupapa Māori voting places.
We are unable to set up bilingual voting places at short notice, but we will continue to expand these services in future elections.
The voting places are a collaborative approach between the Electoral Commission and each community and have taken time to set up and ensure they are well resourced.
The bilingual voting places are part of the large variety of voting places open this election, including voting places at marae, kura, kohanga and wānanga, as well as community halls, sports clubs, churches and more.
EasyVote packs will arrive close to the start of voting on Monday 2 October. The EasyVote card in your pack will make voting faster - but you can vote without it.
You will not get an EasyVote pack if:
You enrolled or updated your address after Sunday 10 September,
We don't have a correct address for you, or
You have provided an overseas postal address.
If you are on the unpublished roll you'll be sent a voting information pack instead.
You can find your nearest voting place on our website, here:
There are two types of votes at a general election: ordinary votes and special votes.
If your name is on the printed electoral roll at the voting place when you go to vote, you’ll cast an ordinary vote.
If your name is not on the printed electoral roll at the voting place, you’ll cast a special vote.
You might not be on the printed electoral roll at the voting place you go to vote at if:
you’re voting from outside your electorate (or from overseas)
you’re on the unpublished roll
you’re not enrolled or need to update your enrolment details
you enrolled after Writ Day (10 September 2023).
Both sorts of votes are worth the same when it comes to the final result!
The only real difference is that if you’re making a special vote, you’ll need to fill out an extra form. If you need to enrol or update your enrolment, you’ll also need to complete an enrolment form. This means it may take you a little bit longer to complete your vote at a voting place.
Special votes are counted during the official count. Before special votes are counted, we check each voter is enrolled.
Under the Electoral Act 1993, election advertising may be published at any time, except on election day.
If you’ve changed your address but haven’t let us know, or if you’ve never enrolled to vote, you may have received a letter asking “Are you enrolled at your current address?”. If you receive this letter, you may need to enrol or update your enrolment.