You’re eligible to enrol and vote if you are 18 years or older, a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and you’ve lived in New Zealand continuously for 12 months or more at some time in your life.
If you’re eligible, you must enrol. Enrolling and voting means you can have a say on the issues that affect you.
If you’re on remand, home detention, serving a community-based sentence, or you are serving a sentence of imprisonment of less than 3 years in a New Zealand prison, and you meet the eligibility criteria at the top of this page, you can enrol to vote.
If you are homeless, you can enrol at the address where you spend a substantial part of your time. You can also enrol at the last residential address where you lived for at least 1 month, even if that was some time ago.
When you enrol to vote, you'll need to provide a postal address where electoral mail, such as enrolment confirmations, can be sent. The postal address could be a PO Box, or the address of a friend, family member, church or support group, but it needs to be someone who will agree to hold your mail for you to collect.