Organisation : Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Facility : Electoral Services
Applicable For : Brazilians aged Between 18 and 70 Years Old
Country : Brazil
Website : http://cglondres.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/brazilian_electoral_card.xml
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Foreign Affairs Electoral Services
** Brazilian legislation determines that voting is compulsory for all Brazilians aged between 18 and 70 years old, including those living abroad.
Related : Superior Electoral Court Brazil Electronic Voting : www.electionin.org/2959.html
** Having a clean electoral record is necessary in order to obtain and regularise the CPF (Taxpayer Registry for Individuals), take office as a civil servant, enrol on Brazilian higher education institutions, amongst others.
** For electoral purposes, it is regarded as resident the citizen who has been living in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland for at least 3 months.
** The intention to remain in the country is also important.
** The Consulate General of Brazil in London would like to clarify that the Foreign Electoral Office in Brasília – CEE (‘Cartório Eleitoral do Exterior’) is the legal representative responsible for processing all electoral matters.
** This Consular Authority acts as an intermediary, forwarding applicants’ documents to CEE.
** Non-residents (tourists, students, people in any other kind of temporary stay, or those returning definitively to Brazil) depending on their electoral status may justify their absence on past elections by e-mail (click here) or, upon return to Brazil, regularise their situation directly at the Regional Electoral Court where they are enrolled.
Request Electoral Services
All electoral services except the Electoral justification must be requested in person, and there is no need to book an appointment.
Come to the Consulate General with the required original documents and photocopies, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays), from 9:30am to 12:30pm.
The service is free of charge. It is not possible to make photocopies at the Consulate.
** If you are going to request a new passport by post after carrying out electoral services, take this opportunity to do your biometric enrolment (register your fingerprints). In this case, please bring the printed SCEDV application form and an ID. Click here for further information about passport applications.
** If you have a passport application appointment, you may request electoral services on the same day. In this case, please arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment time. Please inform at reception that you need to request electoral services before your passport appointment.
** The absence of a regular and clean electoral record no longer results in passport validity reduction; however, it is highly recommended that the voters keep a clean electoral record.
What happens after requesting electoral services :
The Consulate General of Brazil in London sends the documentation to the Foreign Electoral Office in Brasília – CEE, who will then process the request. This process can take around 6 to 8 months. If the request is authorised, the CEE will send the new electoral card to the Consulate, and you will have to collect it in person.
Important: The Consulate does not contact voters individually to inform them that the electoral card has arrived.
Electoral card transfer
What it is :
Request to transfer the electoral domicile to London. Once authorised, the voter is able to vote, in the United Kingdom, for President of Brazil. Concurrently, the voter may request the fine exemption for absence on past elections, thus regularising his/her electoral registration status.
Who it is for :
Brazilian citizens aged between 18 and 70 years old who have been living in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland for at least 3 months and would like to keep a clean electoral record, or those who have had their electoral card cancelled.
For the transfer to be successful, there must have been no other requests anywhere else within the last year (enrolment, transfer, justification etc.).
Moreover, there must be no further registration requests until the application is approved (e.g. regularization in Brazil right after requesting transfer to London).
Required Documentation :
The same documents listed in the Electoral enrolment table, plus the original and photocopy of the electoral card, if available.