Brazilian court requests online registration for 2020 elections

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Brazil’s Superior Electoral Court launched a campaign for online voter registration. With electoral notary offices suspending activities during the pandemic, the court has launched a new website allowing for several bureaucratic procedures to be carried out online. Voters have until May 6 to resolve pending issues or change their electoral constituency. However, the Covid-19 outbreak has upended the October 2020 municipal elections

This will be no small effort, as voting in Brazil is mandatory. In 2019, 2.4 million voter registrations were canceled as punishment for no-shows at polling stations for three straight elections. Without an active voting status, people cannot obtain passports or become civil servants.