The Māori Electoral Option is a choice for Māori about which electoral roll they want to be on: the Māori roll or the general roll.
When can you choose rolls?
If you are Māori, and enrolling to vote for the first time, you choose which electoral roll you want to be on.
You can also change your roll type at any time, except:
- in the 3 months before a general election
- in the 3 months before local elections which are held every 3 years
- before a parliamentary by-election if the change would move you into the electorate where the by-election is being held.
The Māori Electoral Option has closed for the 2023 General Election. To change rolls before the election, you needed to make the change by midnight, Thursday 13 July 2023.
Your next chance to change rolls will be after the 2023 General Election.
If you’re Māori and enrolling for the first time you can still choose either the Māori roll or the general roll.