Votext for Schools overview
New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) and the Ministry of Education (MOE) are working with NZ Post to trial a new system for the 2017 mid-term elections.
The new system, Votext, is NZ Post’s proprietary web-based election document and proofing software. It was developed for the local body elections and has been used for local governments and district health boards in New Zealand elections since 2004.
Votext is being trialled in response to feedback that was received following the 2016 triennial board of trustee elections.
This new software system will raise the standard and quality of the democratic process through automating the nomination and voting paper mailouts, helping to reduce the administrative burden on returning officers.
Votext will also manage the formation of candidate profile information and counting of votes.
Combined with these integrated printing and mailing capabilities, Votext will provide an end-to-end voting solution for schools.
In December, over 300 schools will be holding mid-term elections so it is a great opportunity to trail this system.
Using Votext will mean that board elections are easier to manage and provide greater transparency and accountability. With NZ Post’s centralised printing and distribution; it will maximise value for money and lower the administrative burden that the current system has on returning officers.
NZSTA has been in contact with the relevant schools to talk them through the new system and the benefits of Votext. We are continuing to support schools throughout the mid-term election process and answering any questions that they have. Schools are given the option to opt out of participating in Votext.