Govt aims for 10mn citizens to be able to vote biometrically

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Brazil's electoral court is looking to expand to 10mn the total number of citizens able to vote biometrically via digital ballots in next year's municipal elections, federal news agency Agência Brasil reported.

Superior election court TSE is already beginning to register voters in 20 municipalities of five Brazilian states - Espírito Santo, Mato Grosso, Minas Gerais, Rondonia and Tocantins. The goal is to have some 800,000 people biometrically registered in the first step of the expansion of the system.

In the biometrical system, voters are indentified through their fingerprint, reducing the time spent in the voting process. In past elections, Brazil tested the method with a limited number of voters.

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"Our election process is fraud-proof. And we have taken an extraordinary step with the biometric identification of voters. Biometrics not only enhances security in the identification of the voter, but reduces the voting time," TSE president Ricardo Lewandwski said.

The federal government expects that all of Brazil's voters will be registered and able to vote biometrically by 2018.