Vote safely

How to vote in person safely, and how to vote if you are in managed isolation or quarantine.

Advance voting for New Zealand’s general election begins on Saturday 3 October. Voting will end at 7pm on Saturday 17 October.

Voting places everywhere in New Zealand will be run with Alert Level 2 measures in place.

Voting in person

If you are planning to vote in person, we encourage you to keep yourself and those around you safe by following these steps:

  • Scan into your voting place with the NZ COVID Tracer app.
  • Sanitise your hands when entering and leaving your voting place.
  • Bring your own pen to mark your voting paper. If you forget, pens will be available.
  • Keep your distance from people you do not know inside the voting place — even at Alert Level 1.

There are more voting places this year, and they are bigger than usual. This is to allow space for physical distancing and queues.

Advice about voting safely from Vote.nz (external link)

Voting if you are in managed isolation or quarantine

If you are in managed isolation or quarantine, you can vote using a telephone dictation service. Your facility will give you information about this service when you arrive.

The dictation service will be available from 5 October until the end of voting on election day, Saturday 17 October.

Registration and voting hours will be between 9am and 7pm every day except election day. On election day, registrations will close at 5pm and voting will close at 7pm.

Advice about voting from Vote.nz (external link)

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