The upcoming election - enrolling, referendums and forums
It's now about two months until the 2020 General Election, which will be held on 19 September. This year there are also two referendums that you can vote on.
You’re eligible to enrol and vote if you are 18 years or older, a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and you’ve lived in New Zealand continuously for 12 months or more at some time in your life.
If you are already enrolled, you should have received an update pack in your letter box which lets you check that your enrolment details are correct.
If you haven't enrolled yet you can do so online at vote.nz using a New Zealand driver licence, New Zealand passport or RealMe verified identity.
You can also enrol or update your details by filling in an enrolment form. Forms are available online at vote.nz, by calling Freephone 0800 36 76 56 or by texting your name and address to 3676.
There are two referendums (votes on a question) this election: you can vote on whether the recreational use of cannabis should become legal; and you can also vote on whether the End of Life Choice Act 2019 should come into force.
The referendums.govt.nz Government website has put together some factual, impartial information designed to help you understand what is being proposed for each referendum.
A Referendum Information in Accessible Formats page has information available in these accessible formats:
Information in Easy Read will be available soon - we will let you know when it is available.
- large print
- New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL)
DPA has been collaborating with various other organisations around the country to organise Election Forums - meetings focused on disability issues where you can hear from candidates and ask questions.
We'll provide more detailed information about these meetings soon, however here's a quick run down of where/when they are being held so that you can make a note in your calendar:
Waikato Election Forum
When: August 10
Where: Blind Low Vision NZ, 15 Liverpool Street, Hamilton
Christchurch Election Forum
When: August 22
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury, 80 Fitzgerald Ave, Christchurch
Wellington Election Forum
When: 26 August 4pm
Where: Wharewaka Function Centre, Taranaki Wharf, 2 Taranaki Street, (waterfront) Wellington
Auckland Election Forum
When: 29 August 2010 1-3 pm
Where: Blind Low Vision NZ Recreation Centre, 4 Maunsell Road, Parnell, Auckland
Dunedin Election Forum
When: 8 September 6-8 pm
Where: Blind Low Vision NZ Rooms, 458 Hillside Road, South Dunedin
Other organisations election forums:
Alzheimers NZ are holding a virtual election forum where key politicians from Labour, National, NZ First and the Green Party will discuss how best to address the growing dementia challenge facing New Zealand, and their stance on implementing the recently released Dementia Action Plan.
Alzheimers NZ Champion for Dementia Dame Kerry Prendergast will moderate the discussion.
Questions ‘from the floor’ to participants will be welcome, but should focus on policy issues. Questions will not be taken that involve someone’s personal circumstances, or situations involving individuals.
When: 28 July, 6.15pm
Where: Livestreamed on the Alzheimers NZ Facebook page