Live overseas or will be on Election Day - 14th October?

Live overseas or will be on Election Day - 14th October?

Overseas voting opens on
Wednesday 27 September 

New Zealand’s 2023 General Election will be close. Every vote will be crucial, including from every eligible overseas voter.

If you’re overseas, or will be during the election period, read on to find out how you can cast your vote for National from overseas and help get our country back on track. 

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Advance Voting

If you plan to be overseas in the lead up to or on Election Day 14 October, cast an Advance Vote in NZ before you go. Advance Voting opens on Monday 2 October.

If Advance Voting is open before you leave NZ, cast your vote at any polling place in the country

Voting from overseas is easy!

If you can’t cast an Advance Vote, don’t worry, voting overseas has become a streamlined, easy process.

Just follow these simple steps: 

Step 1:
Check your eligibility

You are eligible to vote in the 2023 General Election if:

you are 18 years old or over,

you have lived in New Zealand continuously for longer than 12 months at some point in your life,

you are either a NZ citizen who has been in New Zealand within the last 6 years or a NZ permanent resident who has been in New Zealand within the last 4 years. 

Step 2:
Enrol or update your details

Before you can vote, you must be enrolled to vote.

You can enrol using your New Zealand driver’s license, New Zealand Passport or your RealMe verified identity.

If you are already enrolled to vote, ensure your details are up to date. 

Enrol here

Step 3:
Get your voting papers

Important - voting papers are not automatically sent to you overseas.

One you’re correctly enrolled, the easiest way to get your voting papers is to download them at from 27 September

Once you’ve downloaded and printed your voting papers, TICK the circle next to the party and electorate candidate you wish to vote for. You can only choose one party and one candidate. 

Step 4:
Return your voting papers

Upload your completed voting papers on 

You can also mail, or hand deliver your completed voting papers to your nearest overseas voting place. 

A list of overseas voting places will be available on the from September.

Important – you cannot return your voting papers by email or fax. 

Your voting papers will include full information on how to return them. 

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Why vote National?

Christopher Luxon and National will get our country back on track by rebuilding the economy to reduce the cost of living, restoring law and order and improving our schools and healthcare.

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Rebuild the economy

NZ is in recession, and the cost-of-living continues to rise. National will rebuild the economy by ending the Labour Government’s culture of wasteful spending, encouraging work, and rewarding effort with tax relief of almost $1,000 per year for average wage earners and a FamilyBoost childcare tax rebate of up to $3,900 per year.  A rebuilt economy means better jobs, higher wages, a lower cost-of-living and the ability to afford the quality public services Kiwis rely on. 

Restore law and order

The Labour Government’s soft on crime approach as seen violent crime rise 33%, National will restore law and order by ensuring criminals face consequences, with tougher sentences, bootcamps for serious young offenders, like ram raiders, and more powers for Police to tackle gangs. 

Improve our schools

New Zealand’s education and health systems are failing too many New Zealanders. National will ensuring Kiwi kids are taught the basics brilliantly with an hour each of reading, writing and maths every day, standardised assessments, and clear reporting to parents. We’ll train more doctors, nurses and midwives and reduce wait times for EDs, operations and mental health services. 

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If you have family or friends abroad who support National, share this message with them and join us in getting our country back on track.