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NZ General Election and Referendum Saturday 26 November 2011

The 2011 General Election and Referendum on the Voting System in New Zealand will be held on Saturday 26 November 2011. Eligible New Zealanders overseas can vote in the lead up to Election Day. To vote you must be enrolled.

Who Can Enrol and Vote

To be eligible to vote you must be:

  • a New Zealand citizen and have visited New Zealand within the last three years, or
  • a permanent resident of New Zealand and have visited New Zealand in the last 12 months.

How to Enrol

How to Vote

You can vote overseas from Wednesday 9 November 2011. To vote from overseas you can:

  • Download voting papers. If you are overseas and are on the published electoral roll you will be able to download your voting papers. This is the quickest and easiest way to obtain your ballot paper. The voting paper will be available for download from from Wednesday 9 November.
  • Apply for a postal vote. You can apply to have voting papers posted to you. These are normally sent from New Zealand approximately three weeks before election day.
  • Vote in person. You will be able to vote in person at your closest overseas post. Check the Elections New Zealand website for details.

How to Return Your Voting Papers

  • You can fax them back to the Electoral Commission +64 4 494 2300, or
  • post them to the Electoral Commission, PO Box 322, Wellington 6140, New Zealand, or
  • deliver them to an overseas post no later than 4pm local time on Friday 25 November. Please note that Middle East posts will close on Thursday 24 November. See the Elections New Zealand website for the full list of posts. Some posts may close earlier therefore please check the post’s closing time.

Voting papers will need to be received by the Electoral Commission in New Zealand by 7pm on Saturday 26 November (New Zealand time).

Referendum on the Voting System

More information about the Referendum on the Voting System is available online at the New Zealand Electoral Commission Referendum website.



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