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Enrol now to get your EasyVote card

Sept 7, 2020 | Media release

More than 400,000 voters have less than a week left to enrol in time to receive an EasyVote card for the General Election and referendums.

The Electoral Commission’s National Manager of Enrolment and Community Engagement, Mandy Bohté, says having an EasyVote card is more convenient for voters because it allows staff to find their name on the electoral roll and issue their voting papers faster.

"It makes voting easier, as well as cutting queuing times – a crucial consideration in these COVID-19 times.”

Mandy Bohté says 428,000 people, or 11 per cent of eligible voters, have yet to enrol and these people need to act now.

The change in election date to Saturday 17 October means writ day – when the electoral rolls close for printing – has moved to Sunday 13 September, making this the new deadline for anyone wanting an EasyVote card.

People can still enrol after 13 September, including on election day, but they won’t receive an EasyVote card.

Mandy Bohté says enrolments have risen from 87 per cent of eligible voters at the start of July to 89 per cent, with the biggest increase among those aged 18 to 29, up from 67 per cent to 72 per cent.

People can enrol or update their details online at using their New Zealand driver licence, New Zealand passport or RealMe verified identity.

They can also enrol or update their details by filling in an enrolment form available online at, by calling 0800 36 76 56, by texting their name and address to 3676, or at any voting place when they open from Saturday 3 October.

Key dates:

  • Sunday 13 September – writ day, rolls close for printing
  • Wednesday 23 September – applications close for postal voting
  • Wednesday 30 September – overseas voting starts
  • Saturday 3 October – advance voting starts in New Zealand
  • Saturday 17 October – election day, voting places open 9am to 7pm
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