Enrol ELECTION 2020 – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Enrol ELECTION 2020 – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

On September 19th New Zealanders will vote in the 2020 general election. It’s an important occasion, as it will not only decide who will lead the country for the next three years, but voters will also have their say on two important conscience issues – the legalisation of assisted dying and the potential legalisation of cannabis.   

Enrol to vote in the 2020 General Election and referendums 

Make sure you are enrolled to vote so you can have your say in the 2020 General Election and referendums.  

If you’re enrolled by 16 August, you’ll get a voting information pack in the mail as well as an EasyVote card which makes voting faster. 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. 

It’s easy to enrol or update your details online at vote.nz using a New Zealand driver licence, New Zealand passport or RealMe verified identity. You can also use a paper enrolment form – download one from the website, call 0800 36 76 56 or text your name and address to 3676 to have a form sent to you. 

First time enrollers who are Māori can choose to be on the Māori roll or the general roll.  If you’re on the Māori roll, you will vote for a candidate in a Māori electorate, and if you’re on the general roll, you will vote for a candidate in a general electorate.  It’s an important decision, so talk it over with your whānau and check out vote.nz for more information.  

At the general election, we will vote for the parties and candidates we want to represent us in Parliament. There will be two referendums held alongside the election. We will 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. We will also vote on whether the recreational use of cannabis should become legal.   

To find out more about enrolling and voting go to vote.nz and for more information on the referendums go to referendums.govt.nz.