BOTHERED, you might think.

Or you might believe that because you’re overseas you can’t vote.


You are eligible to vote from overseas if you are enrolled and:

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

You can check your enrolment details here.

How to obtain your voting papers from overseas

To vote from overseas, you’ll have to obtain voting papers – and you’ll be able to do that from Wednesday, September 3 in one of the following ways:


Returning your voting papers from overseas

You’ll be able to return voting papers by:


  • Uploading them
  • Faxing them to the Electoral Commission (+64 4 494 2300)
  • By post or courier
  • Or by posting, couriering or hand delivering voting papers to your nearest overseas post.


Votes must be returned to the Electoral Commission by upload or fax must be received no later than 7pm, Saturday  eptember 20 (New Zealand time).

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