Story: Elections and campaigns

Checking the roll, 1978 (2nd of 4)

Checking the roll, 1978

Checking the electoral roll was a mammoth task which required over 80 people in 1978. Shown here (from left) are Sue Howard, Jean Sewell and Barbara Ross at work. The Ministry of Justice was responsible for the roll but, despite the number of people involved, the system did not effectively maintain the accuracy of information. The problems were so widespread that an inquiry was held. Its 1979 report revealed that the roll included duplicate entries and the names of deceased people, while many people who had sent in registration forms were not listed. Responsibility for the electoral roll was subsequently passed to the Post Office.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1978/3170

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Bryce Edwards, 'Elections and campaigns - Elections', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 January 2020)

Story by Bryce Edwards, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jul 2016