The postman just delivered my annual voter registration form and I was interested to see that you could confirm your registration details on-line. What a disappointment it was.
The URL give was www.electorregistration.co.uk/sodc, which immediately made me wonder; a .co.uk domain? Why isn’t this a .gov.uk domain? It seems that a commercial company is providing the service. Well, ok, I guess, not ideal but in this time of public-private partnerships that’s only to be expected (even if PPP is largely a sham in terms of value for money).
The "login" process asks for two security codes, one of which is a password field for no good reason. Why no good reason? Well both codes are printed on the form delivered by post. Hardly great security when both parts are available to anyone who intercepts the form and wishes to submit new, bogus registrations.
Finally it submits, and then forwards you to a page on the district council site, a page that doesn’t exist. That’s reassuring. So have I been successful or not? I have no idea.
I wondered about the supplier, Halarose. They describe themselves as
a trusted supplier of cutting edge election management software to Local Authorities throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.