Thousands of tertiary staff may not yet be enrolled to vote

Posted By TEU on Sep 8, 2011 |

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 33

TEU national president Sandra Grey is concerned that thousands of TEU members may not get to have their say on important tertiary education issues at this year’s election because they are not enrolled to vote.

TEU has matched its membership database with the electoral roll and only been able to confirm that 39 percent of its membership is definitely on the electoral roll. A further 50 percent may be on the roll – that is their address does not match but a similar person to the person’s details is on the roll.

Eleven percent of TEU members do not match any name on the electoral roll. That does not mean that they are definitely not enrolled; just that the Electoral Enrolment Centre cannot find a match to the name TEU provided.

“We will be trying where possible to contact each member who is not yet confirmed on the electoral roll,” said Dr Grey, “but with such large numbers we will be relying on members to make sure they, their colleagues, friends and families are on the roll.”

Everyone can easily check to see if they are enrolled and that the Electoral Enrolment Centre has their correct details at Alternatively, they can free-text their name and address to 3676.

Data matching with the electoral roll is a common practice by a wide range of organisations. The process is entirely confidential and the Electoral Enrolment Centre does not look at or retain any of the information TEU provided it.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. More staff needed to lift world rankings
  2. Auckland VC defends academic freedom
  3. TEU will oppose University of Canterbury job cuts
  4. Voluntary student membership bill passes third reading
  5. More trades academies announced

Other news

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