2020 General Election and referendums Overview

From
3 October 2020
To
17 October 2020
Find reports and statistics for the 2020 General Election and referendums.

The 2020 General Election was held on 17 October along with the End of Life Choice and cannabis referendums.

You can read the detailed statistical results of the election and referendums on our results website.

Read the full results of the 2020 General Election and referendums

Referendums

At the 2020 General Election, you could also vote in two referendums: the End of Life Choice and cannabis legalisation and control referendums. You voted by answering the referendum questions with a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’.

End of Life Choice referendum

In this referendum, you could vote on whether the End of Life Choice Act 2019 should come into force. The Act would give people with a terminal illness the option of requesting assisted dying.

The referendum question was:

Do you support the End of Life Choice Act 2019 coming into force?

You could choose 1 of these 2 answers:

  • Yes, I support the End of Life Choice Act 2019 coming into force.
  • No, I do not support the End of Life Choice Act 2019 coming into force.

Cannabis legalisation and control referendum

In this referendum, you could vote on whether the recreational use of cannabis should become legal.

The referendum question was:

Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?

You could choose 1 of these 2 answers:

  • Yes, I support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill.
  • No, I do not support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill.

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.

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