FB pixel

Brazil municipal elections to employ biometric voting

 

More than half a million electronic voting machines will be used this Sunday during Brazil’s municipal elections where nearly 140 million people will have a chance to vote.

During the election, approximately 7.5 million of voters will use biometric machines that will identify them by scanning fingerprints. Brazil’s election authority, the Tribunal Superior Eleitoral, has committed to using biometric technology to eliminate the possibility of someone taking someone else’s place to vote, making it practically impossible for voter fraud to be committed.

The authority’s expectation is that by 2018, all regions of the country will have ballot boxes with biometric readers.

The election process using the biometric machines is straightforward. The Brazil’s electoral authority registers images of all the fingers on one’s hands. Further, each voter is digitally photographed. The confirmation of the voter’s identity is automatic, through a simple reading of their fingerprint.

If election officials have any doubts regarding a voter’s identity, or if their fingerprint is not recognized by the authority’s biometric system, officials will have access to the voter’s photograph for authentication.

The first time that electronic voting systems and biometrics were used was during the 2010 Brazilian elections. During the poll, some 1.2 million voters piloted the use of the biometric voting machines. Used at that time in 60 cities, the fingerprint machines had a 93.5 percent success rate. Tests found that some of the machines did have difficulty registering voter fingerprints. But the eventual phase-in of the technology is designed to determine and eliminate problems.

Diebold won the competitive bid from Tribunal Superior Eleitoral to implement the system, and utilized U.are.U fingerprint technology from DigitalPersona.

Article Topics

 |   |   |   |   |   |   | 

Latest Biometrics News

 

U.S. academic institutions get biometric upgrades with new partnerships

A press release says ROC (formerly Rank One Computing), which provides U.S.-made biometrics and computer vision for military, law enforcement…

 

Smart Bangladesh 2041: Balancing ambition with reality

Bangladesh aims to be a “Smart” nation by 2041 as the country goes through a drastic transformation founded on digital identity…

 

Nigeria’s NIMC introducing one multi-purpose digital ID card, not three

The National Identity Management Commission of Nigeria (NIMC) has clarified that only one new digital ID card with multiple functions…

 

Age assurance tech is ready now, and international standards are on their way

The Global Age Assurance Standards Summit has wrapped up, culminating in a set of assertions, a seven-point call-to-action and four…

 

NIST finds biometric age estimation effective in first benchmark, coming soon

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology presented a preview of its assessment of facial age estimation with selfie…

 

Maryland bill on police use of facial recognition is ‘strongest law in the nation’

Maryland has passed one of the more stringent laws governing the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement in…

Comments

8 Replies to “Brazil municipal elections to employ biometric voting”

Comments are closed.

Most Read From This Week

Featured Company

Biometrics Insight, Opinion

Digital ID In-Depth

Biometrics White Papers

Biometrics Events