Independent Electoral Review

Closes 14 Nov 2022

Opened 13 Sep 2022

Overview

The Independent Electoral Review (the review) was set up by the Minister of Justice to review Aotearoa New Zealand’s election laws. Modern and accessible electoral law is important for our democracy to function well. Large parts of our electoral law have remained the same for over 60 years and have become outdated.

This review is an opportunity to make election rules clearer, fairer, and more accessible for current and future generations. It covers almost everything to do with how elections work. Broader constitutional matters are not being consiered as part of the Review. This includes alternatives to the MMP voting system, the role and functions of the Head of State, re-establishing an Upper House, the current size of Parliament, and the future of the Māori electorate seats. Online voting is also out of scope.

To start this survey, click 'Have your say' at the bottom of this page

Don’t have much time?
You can answer as many or as few questions as you like, or just tell us your views. We encourage you to share what matters most to you.

Want to fill out the survey questions offline?
You are welcome to answer the survey questions offline and then email or post it to us. You can download and fill out our template.

Want to know more?

  • Visit our website or read our Consultation Document and Summary. Translations are available at the end of this page. 
  • Alternate formats (large print, audio, braille, EasyRead and NZSL) will be available shortly. Click here to be notified when they become available.

This consultation is hosted by the Ministry of Justice because the Ministry is providing administrative support to the review. This does not limit the independence of the panel leading the review.

Why your views matter

We want to hear your views on current electoral law and your ideas about the future of the electoral system. This will help us develop recommendations on what needs to change.

How to have your say

You can share your views by completing this survey. The questions in the survey are the same as those in our Consultation Document. You may like to comment on a single topic, a few topics, or the whole review. You do not need to answer all of the questions to contribute.

Alternatively, you can write your own submission and email it to secretariat@electoralreview.govt.nz or post it to this address:

Independent Electoral Review
Free Post 113
PO Box 180
Wellington 6140

Opportunities to hear from or talk with the panel are listed on our website.

Closing date to share your views

The closing date for all submissions is 5pm on 14 November 2022. Submissions received after this time may not be able to be considered. If this closing date might affect or prevent your (or your organisation’s) participation, please let us know.

What happens to your feedback?

Once we've heard everyone's views on our current electoral laws, we will develop proposals for the future of our electoral system. 

In 2023, we'll invite feedback on our draft recommendations. We will consider this feedback before providing our final report to the Minister of Justice at the end of the year.

Privacy and Official Information

The panel intends to release the submissions that it receives. You will be asked whether you are comfortable with your name and comments being released.

Your submission could also be subject to a request for information under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Official Information Act). We will take your views into account when responding to requests under the Official Information Act. 

The Privacy Act 2020 governs how the Independent Electoral Review collects, holds, uses, and shares personal information about you and the information you provide. You have the right to access and to correct this personal information.

Independent Electoral Review

Audiences

  • All New Zealanders

Interests

  • Surveys and consultations