Using your Voting Paper

When you use your voting paper, you need to make two ticks.

Your party vote is for the party you prefer.  Vote for only ONE party.  Sample ballot paper

You vote by putting your tick in the circle AFTER the name of the party you choose.

Your electorate vote is for the candidate you would like to be your Member of Parliament. 

Vote for only ONE candidate.  You vote by putting your tick in the circle BEFORE the name of the candidate you choose.

If you only complete the party vote, or only complete the candidate vote, it will still count.

If you make a mistake when voting then return your spoiled paper to the issuing officer for a replacement.

You get to choose from the same list of political parties whether you are on the General roll or Māori roll. If you are on the Māori roll you will vote for a candidate standing in a Māori electorate and if you are on the General roll you will vote for a candidate standing in a General electorate.

The party vote largely decides the total number of seats each political party gets in Parliament. Parties with a bigger share of the party vote will get more seats in Parliament.

See MMP Voting System for information about how your votes are counted, how your vote helps decide a party's share of the seats in Parliament, and how MPs are elected.

Last updated: 09 October 2017