2020 General Election Overview

19 September 2020
The 2020 General Election will be held on Saturday 19 September along with the cannabis and end of life choice 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, have lived in New Zealand for more than one year continuously at some time, and be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

Check, enrol or update your details online now

COVID-19 and the 2020 General Election

The Electoral Commission is looking at the potential impacts of COVID-19 for people working and voting in the 2020 General Election and referendums on 19 September.

Read more about our planning for COVID-19

Key election dates

Election day will be Saturday 19 September. If you’re in New Zealand, you’ll be able to vote when advance voting starts on Saturday 5 September. If you’ll be overseas at the time, you can vote from overseas from Wednesday 2 September.

See the election timetable

Voting in the election

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

Read about what happens in a general election

Find out more about how to vote

There will be two referendums

The referendums will be held alongside the election. At the voting place, you will be given a voting paper for the election and a voting paper for the referendums.

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 www.referendums.govt.nz

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