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Voting at the 2020 General Election and referendums will be different this year because of COVID-19. You can help let your community know what to expect at voting places by sharing this message on your intranet, community newsletter or via email.

Share this message with your community so they have all the information about voting this year.

COVID-19 and the 2020 General Election

Voting in the 2020 General Election and referendums starts Saturday 3 October. Voting will be different this year because of COVID-19.

There will be safety measures such as physical distancing and hand sanitiser at voting places. There are things you can do before you go to vote to help protect your whānau and community when you vote.

Before you leave home get ready to vote:

  • Make sure you are enrolled to vote, you can do this online at vote.nz. Bring your EasyVote card to make voting quicker.
  • You can vote early to avoid the queues. Voting places are open from Saturday 3 October right up until 7pm on Saturday 17 October. 
  • You can vote close to home. It will be quicker and easier. Find your nearest voting place at vote.nz or call 0800 36 76 56
  • You can bring your own pen but if you forget there will be pens available. 

What to expect at your local voting place:

  • There will be hand sanitiser available at all voting places, you can use when you enter and when you leave. 
  • Physical distancing will be practised, and there will be on hand to help make sure everyone is safe. 
  • Face masks will be available at voting places if you need one.

If you or someone in your community can’t get to a voting place because of poor health or mobility call 0800 36 76 56 to find out how to vote.

To find out more online at vote.nz or 0800 36 76 56.


If you have people in your community with poor health and mobility this message gives them the information on how they can vote.

Can’t get to a voting place?

This year, voting in the general election and referendums will start Saturday 3 October and close at 7pm on election day, Saturday 17 October. The Electoral Commission has a range of measures in place to help keep voters safe when they vote, including physical distancing and hand sanitiser.

If you’re unable to get to a voting place this year, for example because of poor health or mobility, you can apply for postal voting by calling 0800 36 76 56.

Remember, you need to be enrolled before you call. Applications for postal voting close on Wednesday 23 September so if this applies to you, or someone in your whānau, call them now and get yourself ready to vote.

From 24 September, you can still call the same 0800 number if you’re unable to go to a voting place. Arrangements will be made for postal voting if there is still time, or for a friend, family member or electoral official to bring you voting papers. You can find out more information here: https://vote.nz/voting/get-help-to-vote/cant-get-to-a-voting-place/

For more information about voting in the year’s General Election visit vote.nz


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