Telephone Dictation Voting

The 2017 General Election will take place on Saturday 23 September.  If you’re unable to mark your ballot paper without assistance you may be able to cast a secret vote by telephone dictation.

Who is eligible for telephone dictation voting?

Anyone who is enrolled to vote and is blind, partially blind or has another physical disability that prevents them from marking their ballot paper without assistance is eligible to vote by telephone dictation at the 2017 General Election.

Register to vote for telephone dictation voting by Thursday 21 September

If you’re eligible and would like to vote by telephone dictation then you need to register before you vote. 

You can register from Wednesday 23 August by calling 0800 028 028. You can call to register weekdays from 9am to 5pm and from 18 September to 21 September until 7pm.

You must be registered to vote by telephone dictation by 7pm, Thursday 21 September – two days before election day.  If you haven’t registered by this time you won’t be able to vote by telephone dictation but you can still vote at any advance voting place before election day or at any voting place on election day, Saturday 23 September.

When you register, you will be asked to choose a secret question and answer that only you know and you will be given a personal registration number.  You can choose from one of three secret questions:

  • The name of your first primary school; or
  • The name of your first pet; or
  • The name of the street where you grew up.

Your registration number and secret question is used to confirm that you’re already registered when you call back to vote without giving your name to the electoral official.  Please don’t tell anyone your secret question or the answer to it until you call back to vote.

Your registration number can be sent to you by email, text message or it can be given to you over the phone.  Make sure you are ready to record your personal registration number if you want to receive it over the phone.

You’ll need to know your registration number and the answer to your secret question when you call back to vote.

How to vote by telephone dictation voting

Voting starts on Wednesday 6 September.  To vote, call 0800 028 028 and provide your registration number and answer to your secret question to the electoral official.  Do not give your name to the electoral official - they won’t know your identity and your vote is secret.

The electoral official will read out a list of all the political parties and the names of all the candidates standing in your electorate.  They will mark your ballot paper according to your instructions.

A second electoral official will confirm that the ballot paper has been marked according to your instructions.

Voting by telephone dictation opens Wednesday 6 September.  You can call weekdays from 9am to 5pm until Friday 15 September.  From Monday 18 September you can call from 9am to 7pm.

Your last chance to vote is on Election Day, Saturday 23 September from 9am to 7pm.

Enrol to vote

You must be enrolled to make your vote count.  Information about enrolling to vote for New Zealanders living with a disability is available on our website here

Last updated: 23 August 2017