This is def possible and way easier than you’d think!
Have you enrolled already? If not, head here first.
1. Get your voting papers
There are three ways to get your papers overseas. You can do either of these ones from 6th September:
- Download and print your voting papers from elections.org.nz - in time to upload and send them in by 7pm on the 23rd New Zealand time.
- Vote in person from a NZ diplomatic post - here’s a list of them.
You can also ask the Electoral Commission to send you papers by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, date of birth, email and/or ph number, the New Zealand address you’re enrolled at, and the address overseas you’re keen for the papers to be sent to. They send these from NZ at the start of Sept so make sure to ask for them before then.
2. Send your papers in
Once you’ve got your papers and filled them out, you’ll need to send them in. Here’s the ways you can do it:
- Take a photo of your papers (or scan them) and upload them
- Post your papers or hand them physically to the closest New Zealand diplomatic post.
- Post your papers to the Electoral Commission at
PO Box 3220
If you’re sending in your papers electronically, they have to be received by 7pm on the 23rd of September New Zealand time.
By post, they must by postmarked (received and processed by the local post office) by Thursday the 21st of September, and received by the Electoral Commission by noon on Wednesday the 27th of September.
If you’re handing them in physically to a diplomatic post, they all have different deadlines so you’ll need to check in with them. Usually it’ll be 4pm local time on Friday the 22nd of September.
If you’re keen for more info on overseas voting, ring the Electoral Commission from NZ on 0800 36 76 56, or from overseas on +64 9 909 4182. You can also message us on Facebook and our team can help you out!