Biometrics will reach over 21 million voters in the 2014 Elections

Fingerprint identification systems will digitally identify more than 23 million Brazilian voters from 791 municipalities across the country for the occasion of the General Elections, which will be held in October 2014.

In the elections of this year, over 21.6 million voters from 762 municipalities (15.18% of the constituency), including 15 capital cities, will use biometric identification when voting. In three states (Alagoas, Amapá and Sergipe) and in the Federal District, biometric revision reached all voters. The goal of the Electoral Court System is to hold the 2018 Elections with biometric identification of 100% of Brazilian voters.

In Florianópolis (SC) and Bento Gonçalves (RS), there will be joint identification of voters (by biometrics and the traditional method). The reason for the joint identification is that in such two cities there was no biometric electoral revision, but since the municipalities have electronic voting machines with biometric fingerprint reader, some voters were already registered for using the new method.

Although 21,677,955 voters are qualified to use fingerprint identification in the elections of this year, there are already 23,851,673 voters identified by biometrics. Such number of voters is justified by the fact that, although there had not been electoral revision in certain locations, voters that have received a new voter registration card or requested transfer in elections offices that already have biometric kits took the opportunity to register their fingerprints.

There are also voters that could not be identified by biometrics by virtue of being physically impaired, which prevents fingerprint reading. Despite the fact that biometric registration collects fingerprints from the 10 fingers, at the time of voting, poll workers are instructed to indicate the use of thumbs and index fingers. Should there be no identification when using any of the four fingers, the poll worker will proceed to the traditional identification of the voter. Biometric identification does not release the voter from the obligation of submitting an official document with photo or the voter registration card (if any).

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Voters to be identified by fingerprints in the 2014 elections:

States that conducted biometric revision with all voters:
Alagoas: 1,986,030 voters (99.51%)
Amapá: 454,479 voters (99.77%)
Federal District: 1,895,252 voters (99.87%)
Sergipe: 1,450,691 voters (99.76%)

Capital cities that conducted biometric revision with all voters:
Rio Branco (AC)
Maceió (AL)
Macapá (AP)
Brasília (DF)
Goiânia (GO)
São Luís (MA)
João Pessoa (PB)
Recife (PE)
Teresina (PI)
Curitiba (PR)
Natal (RN)
Porto Velho (RO)
Boa Vista (RR)
Aracaju (SE)
Palmas (TO)