Superior Electoral Court (TSE) head Gilmar Mendes said Monday (Mar. 13) that all voters must have their fingerprints registered in Brazil's biometric system by 2020. At least 80 thousand people of voting age will be registered in the new system for next year's elections. “We'll certainly conclude all this work for the 2020 elections,” he stressed while speaking at the São Paulo Electoral Court (TRE-SP).
The São Paulo Electoral Court started its mandatory updating operation across 79 municipalities, covering 933.8 thousand voters altogether. As it stands today, more than 6.5 million people of voting age have been registered in the new system in the state.
In order to update their registration, electors must first fix an appointment on TRE's home page. Those who fail to do so where the biometric update is mandatory will have their elector's card canceled. In all other places, citizens may request their biometric update voluntarily.
According to Mendes, fingerprint identification will make processes such as signature collection for the creation of parties and popular initiative bills safer. “I suppose we'd be able to use this digital signature system for both popular initiative bills and the formation of parties,” he said.
Translated by Fabrício Ferreira