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Voting Abroad

In 23rd February, 2017, the president of the Superior Electoral Court, Justice Gilmar Mendes, and the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE), Ambassador Marcos Galvão, signed an agreement that allows the use of the Título Net abroad. The measure simplifies the electoral enlistment of Brazilians living abroad. It was also present the president of the Regional Electoral Court of the Federal District, Romeu Gonzaga Neiva, which is responsible for the Electoral Zone that takes care of voters outside the country.

Currently, there are more than three million Brazilians living abroad, of which only 460,000 are registered to vote. The adoption of the system, in addition to reducing the time for voters to obtain the document, will reduce costs for the Electoral Justice. Formerly, the Brazilian expatriate took about six months to issue his voter title in a time-consuming and expensive procedure that required several trips from the voter to the Brazilian Consulate to register, deliver documents and receive the title. Therefore, using the technology with the form filling directly in the TSE website will shorten this path.

Acknowledging the challenge of ensuring participation in the democratic process of the Brazilian communities distributed throughout countless locations around the world, the joint efforts in the search for computerization of procedures were essential for the success of this endeavor.

According to Ambassador Marcos Galvão, the extension of TítuloNet "will help maintaining the ties of this huge contingent of expatriates from Brazil, assuring them the full exercise of their citizenship and giving them a voice in the definition of the country's political destinies." The president of TRE-DF, Gonzaga Neiva, said that TítuloNet will avoid unnecessary work of the public agents involved in this process of issuing the document and, for this reason, represents "significant progress."