How voting works in the referendums

During the 2020 General Election, you could also vote in two referendums.

You got two voting papers: one for the 2020 General Election and one for the referendums. The two referendums you could vote in were:

  • the End of Life Choice Act 2019 referendum
  • the Cannabis Legalisation and Control referendum.

Did you have to vote in both referendums?

You could choose to vote in all, some, or none of the referendums.

How to vote in the End of Life Choice referendum

On your voting paper for the End of Life Choice referendum, you voted by answering the referendum question, placing a tick next to ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.

The referendum question was:

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

You could choose one of these two 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.

Learn more about the End of Life Choice referendum

How to vote in the Cannabis Legalisation and Control referendum

On your voting paper for the Cannabis Legalisation and Control referendum, you voted by answering the referendum question, placing a tick next to ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.

The referendum question was:

Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?

You could choose one of these two answers:

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

Learn more about the cannabis legalisation and control referendum

The final results came out on 6 November 2020

We released the preliminary referendum results on Friday 30 October, and the final results on 6 November 2020 along with the official general election results.

Find out more about the referendums

To learn more about the referendum topics, visit the following website:

www.referendums.govt.nz

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