The 2020 General Election was held on 17 October along with the End of Life Choice and cannabis referendums.
You needed to be enrolled to vote in the election and referendums.
To enrol and vote, you need to be 18 years or older, a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and have lived in New Zealand continuously for 12 months or more at some time in your life.
COVID-19 and the 2020 General Election
We had processes in place to protect you and your whānau while you voted.
Voting opened 2 days earlier than usual, and there were more voting places to reduce queues. We encouraged you to vote locally and bring your own pen if you can. We provided hand sanitiser at voting places, and there was space for physical distancing. If you needed to stay home, you had other ways of voting including voting by post.
Voting started on 3 October
If you were in New Zealand, you could vote from Saturday 3 October to 7pm on election day, Saturday 17 October. You could vote from overseas from Wednesday 30 September.
Voting in the election
At the 2020 General Election, you could vote for the parties and candidates you want to represent you in Parliament.
You could also vote in two referendums
At this year’s general election, you could also vote in two referendums. At your voting place, you got a voting paper for the referendums with your voting paper for the election.
You could vote on whether the recreational use of cannabis should become legal. You could 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
We released preliminary election results on election day
We released preliminary election results from 7pm on 17 October at www.electionresults.govt.nz. We’ll count referendum votes after election day, and release the preliminary referendum results on Friday 30 October.
We’ll release the official results for the general election and referendums on Friday 6 November.
Advance voting statistics
Advance voting numbers for the 2020 General Election are available until election day, Saturday 17 October.
Rules once voting starts and on election day
Learn about what you were allowed to do during the election campaign, including what you were allowed to do on social media, and find out about the rules for parties and candidates.
You can use our MMP seat allocation calculator to calculate how many seats would be allocated to each party under different election scenarios.