How voting works in the referendums

During the 2020 General Election, you can also vote in two referendums. To vote, you answer each referendum question with a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’.

You’ll get two voting papers: one for the 2020 General Election and one for the referendums. The two referendums you can vote in are:

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

Do you have to vote in both referendums?

You can 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, vote by answering the referendum question. Place a tick next to ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.

The referendum question is:

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

You can 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, vote by answering the referendum question. Place a tick next to ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.

The referendum question is:

Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?

You can 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 come out on 6 November 2020

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

Need help to read or mark your voting paper for the referendums?

You can get help to vote in the referendums and the general election if you need it.

Learn more about getting help to vote

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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