If getting to a voting place is difficult or not possible, several options are available to make sure you can still vote.
For 2020, if you are unable to go to a voting place, you can apply for postal voting or ask someone to bring you your voting papers.
Please contact us if you would like to talk over your options:
Freephone 0800 36 76 56
The 2020 General Election will be different because of COVID-19. We have processes in place to protect you and your whānau. This ensures all voters who usually vote in person at a voting place can do so safely.
We always provide voting services for people who can’t get to a voting place, for example, because of age, illness or disability.
You can authorise someone to pick up your voting papers from a voting place for you.
Print, complete and sign the form at the bottom of this page and ask someone to take it to a voting place. They will then bring back your voting papers to complete.
Your voting papers must be returned to a voting place before 7pm, Saturday 19 September.
You can apply for postal voting papers from 31 July to 21 August by calling 0800 36 76 56. You need to be enrolled before you call us.
Postal voting packs will arrive from Friday 4 September up until Friday 11 September.
Completed postal votes must be in the mail by Wednesday 16 September so they reach us in time to be counted, or you can ask someone to drop off your voting papers at a voting place by 7pm on election day, Saturday 19 September.
If you are in a rest home and you won’t be able to go to a voting place, you don’t need to contact us. Your local Returning Officer will contact the manager of your rest home to arrange voting services.
If you can’t get to a voting place because you are in hospital, from 5 September, a friend or family member can bring you your voting papers.
Call 0800 36 76 56 for more information.
If you’re scheduled to go into hospital prior to election day, it’s best to vote in advance from 5 September if you can.
If you’re blind, partially blind or have a physical disability that means you can’t mark your voting papers without help, you can vote using the telephone dictation service.
You need to register to use this service in the 2020 General Election and referendums, even if you’ve used it at previous elections.
You’re legally allowed to have time away from work to go and vote on election day. You can also vote early at any voting place from Saturday 5 September.
If you haven’t had a reasonable chance to vote before starting work on election day and you’re not doing any essential work or service, your employer must let you leave work to vote by 3pm. You’re legally allowed to be away from work for the rest of the day if you need that time to vote.
Your employer can’t take money from your pay for time you take off to vote.
If you’re doing any essential work or service
If you have to work after 3pm to carry out any essential work or service, your employer must let you leave work for a reasonable time earlier in the day, so you can vote.
Your employer can’t take money from your pay for time you take off to vote, as long as you don’t take more than 2 hours.
If you’re working on a ship in port and you’re enrolled or eligible to enrol in the electorate the ship is in, your ship master must let you go ashore to vote.
If you’re working on a ship that won’t be in port or will return to port during the voting period, contact us closer to election time for help with enrolling and voting.