About elections

Elections are part of New Zealand’s democracy and give voters the opportunity to make their voice heard.

What happens in a general election?

Learn about New Zealand’s general election cycle and what happens at each stage, including before and after voting.

What happens in a general election?

How are general election votes counted?

Understand the rigorous process for counting votes, when and how election results are declared, and when election results can be challenged.

How are general election votes counted?

What is a by-election?

Find out what a by-election is, how a by-election is run, and how a by-election could change the make-up of Parliament.

What is a by-election?

What is a referendum?

Learn about referendums, including what they are, how they get started, and the referendums happening in 2020.

What is a referendum?

What are local elections?

Find out why we have local elections and who runs them. Find sources of more information about local elections and local government.

What are local elections?

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