Get ready for the 2017 General Election

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Voting and democracy are very important in New Zealand because they provide you with the opportunity to voice your opinion and vote for what you believe in. It is important that you have your say by voting in the upcoming General Election. Every vote counts.

In 1893 New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world to allow all women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, your vote counts just as much as everyone else’s.

To make it as easy as possible to vote, make sure you're correctly enrolled now.

You need to be enrolled by Friday 22 September to vote in the 2017 General Election. You must enrol if you:

  • are 18 years or older, and
  • are a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of New Zealand, and
  • have lived in New Zealand for more than one year continuously at some time in your life.

For the purposes of enrolling to vote, a permanent resident is someone who does not have to leave New Zealand by a set date.

You need to update your enrolment details whenever you move house or change your name.

If you’re not sure, go to Enrol, check or update now! Information about enrolling and voting is available in other languages.

Not sure of where to find your electorate, you can find out here.