The Māori Electoral Option is a four-month period during which Māori voters can elect to exercise their option to move between General or Māori electoral rolls. This takes place every five to six years.
Apart from when they first enrol to vote, this four-month period is the only time when Māori voters can change electoral rolls. The last Māori Electoral Option was in 2018 and the next one is due to happen in 2024.
You can find out more information about the Māori Electoral Option on the Electoral Commission’s website at:
The Government is considering whether the timing and frequency of the Māori Electoral Option should be changed.
Consultation for this kaupapa has closed.
If the Government decides to make changes in this area, there will likely be further opportunity to input into the process. For instance, changes to legislation require consideration by a Select Committee, including seeking submissions from the public and often hearing from submitters in person.