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The Biometrical System in Brazil

In 2011, the Brazilian Electoral Justice began the second stage of the electoral review for biometric identification. With this measure, starting from 2012, voters will be able to vote after being identified by their fingerprints: around 7.5 million voters out of a total of just over 8 million convened in 290 municipalities in the country. The video shows what is the electoral review for the use of biometrics and some of the cities that have begun to implement the mandatory measure in 2011.

With the revision of the electoral process held in 2011 and 2012, the Electoral Court already provided the use of biometric identification for the 2012 elections in at least 295 municipalities in 24 Brazilian states.

To implement this second phase, started in 2011 and completed in March 2012, the General Internal Affairs (CGE) has determined to review the electorate for the use of biometrics in two complete states (Alagoas and Sergipe), in three capitals (Curitiba-PR, Goiânia-GO and Porto Velho-RO) and dozens of municipalities in the states of Espirito Santo, Goias, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Piauí, São Paulo, and Rondonia Tocantins. Together, these sites account for about 7 million voters.

The cities that will be contemplated with the electoral registration in the second stage (2011) are provided by the Provisions No. 3/2011, No. 6/2011, No. 8/2011, No. 10/2011, No. 1/2012 and No. 2/2012 of CGE.

Only the states of Amazonas, Roraima and the Federal District have not yet started the electoral review for the use of the biometrical system.


In 2010, 1.136.140 registered voters in 60 municipalities of 23 Brazilian states voted in the voting machine containing biometrical systems. Two years earlier, in 2008, the new technology was used in three pioneer cities in this process: Colorado do Oeste-RO, Fatima do Sul-MS and São João Batista, SC.