Enrol to vote
You can vote in NZ elections if you’re eligible and you’ve added your name to an electoral roll.
Who can enrol to vote
If you’re eligible, you must enrol by adding your name to an electoral roll. The Electoral Commission website explains:
When to enrol
You can enrol at any time, including on the day of a general election.
If you’re overseas — there are some differences in the process
Check your eligibility, which electorate to use, the date you need to enrol by and how to enrol. These are all a little different when you’re overseas.
How to enrol or check your details
Depending on your eligibility and the choice you make, you can enrol for either the general roll or the Māori roll.
Online is the quickest way to enrol or update your details
You can enrol to vote or update your enrolment details online.
When you cannot enrol or update online
If you cannot go online, there are other ways you can enrol or update your details.
If you need help to enrol or update your details
Support is available to help you enrol. You can also assist someone else to enrol if they need help.
Enrolment packs — letters to update your details
The Electoral Commission will send you a letter by post to check they have your correct details.
If you did not get this letter, check your details online or contact the Electoral Commission.
More information about enrolment packs
Vote in an election
Now that you’re enrolled, see:
- how to vote
- the types of elections you can vote in.
More information about voting
The Electoral Commission website has:
- information about democracy in NZ
- guidance for political parties and candidates
- statistics and historical information.