Story: Elections and campaigns

Electoral Roll Control Centre, 1981 (3rd of 4)

Electoral Roll Control Centre, 1981

The Electoral Roll Control Centre, shown here in 1981 with manager Graeme Wilson (facing the camera), was set up by the Post Office after it took responsibility for maintaining the electoral roll. Under Post Office management a system of confirming each entry every three years was introduced. The board to the left was used to record the number of registered electors in each electorate and to note ongoing work with local registrars of electors. The Post Office was also an early user of computers: the terminal on the left was hooked up to a mainframe computer located offsite, and inputting of data took place all over the country.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1981/3581/8-F

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Bryce Edwards, 'Elections and campaigns - Elections', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 September 2020)

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