The Electoral Enrolment Centre has geared up for future electronic voting by registering a swathe of new domain names.
The centre operates as a self-contained business unit of New Zealand Post, which undertakes the compilation of the rolls under contract to the Ministry of Justice. In the past month it has registered an array of .co.nz, .net.nz and .org.nz names, ranging from evote.net.nz to voting.org.nz.
National manager Murray Wicks says the centre registered the names with an eye on "possible elections and enrolment online - things we're moving towards all the time.
"E-enrolment is one of the first steps. We already have the facility to request enrolment forms and so on from the Net. Shortly we'll allow you to complete form online - although we'll still have to send the form out for a signature unfortunately."
Wicks says it's too early to say whether forthcoming electronic transactions legislation, which, among other things, will give digital signatures status in law, will obviate the need for physically signed enrollment forms.
Wicks says he has not yet spoken to representatives of election.com, the US firm which launched here last week, and which already provides registration and absentee ballot services to US voters, but says the centre is always open to discussion.