Media Handbook for the 2020 General Election

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On election night, preliminary election results will be released progressively from 7.00pm on www.electionresults.govt.nz.

Referendum votes will not be counted on election night.

Preliminary referendum results (ordinary votes) will be released on Friday 30 October.

Official results for the general election and referendum (including special declaration votes and overseas votes) will be declared on Friday 6 November (2pm target).

For a limited time after a general election, certain people can apply to challenge official election results through recounts or election petitions.

Our website has more information about how we count votes and release results, and the processes for recounts and election petitions:

How are votes counted?

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