Voting from overseas in the 2017 general election

Just because you are out of the country doesn’t mean you have to miss out on having your say in this year's general election.

You can vote from overseas if you are enrolled and:

  • are a New Zealand citizen who has been in New Zealand within the past three years, or
  • are a permanent resident of New Zealand who has been in New Zealand within the past twelve months.

Enrol, check or update your enrolment details here.

You need to be enrolled by midnight, Friday 22 September (NZ time). You cannot enrol on election day (NZ time).

How to get your voting papers from overseas

Voting papers are not automatically sent to voters who are overseas. 

From Wednesday 6 September, voters who are overseas can get their voting papers in one of the following ways:

  • Download and print their voting papers.  If you are on the unpublished roll, or inside New Zealand, you will not be able to download your voting papers.
  • Vote in person at an overseas post.
  • Ask for postal voting papers.

You can ask now to be sent postal voting papers.  These voting papers will be sent from New Zealand at the beginning of September, about three weeks before election day.  To ask for postal voting papers, you'll need to provide the following information:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Email and/or phone number
  • New Zealand address where you are enrolled to vote
  • Overseas address where you want your voting papers to be sent in the mail.

Please send this information by:

How to return your voting papers from overseas

Voters who are overseas can return their voting papers in one of the following ways:

  • Scan or photograph and upload their voting papers
  • Fax their voting papers to the Electoral Commission (+64 4 494 2300)
  • Post their voting papers to the Electoral Commission:
    • Overseas Voting
    • Electoral Commission
    • PO Box 3220
    • Wellington 6140
    • ​NEW ZEALAND
  • Post or hand deliver their voting papers to their nearest overseas post.

Voting papers returned to the Electoral Commission by upload or fax must be received no later than 7pm, Saturday 23 September (New Zealand time).

Voting papers returned to the Electoral Commission by post must be postmarked no later than Thursday, 21 September and received at the Electoral Commission or at your Returning Officer's headquarters by noon, Wednesday 27 September.

Voting papers returned to an overseas post must be received before the close of voting at that post, usually 4pm (local time) Friday 22 September (subject to local holidays).  Please check with your nearest overseas post for their closing time.  Overseas posts are not open on weekends or public holidays.

If you have any further questions about enrolling or voting from overseas:

Last updated: 11 April 2017