CNE approves regulations for the use of fingerprint machines

August 11, 2004

The Electoral Board (CNE) has just approved a resolution on the use of the fingerprint machines on Sunday. If the personís data and fingerprint can not be obtained in less than one minute and the machine give the go ahead, the person will be able to proceed and the comparison to all of the previous voters will be done afterwards. Thus, it sounds like the machines will be use to capture fingerprints but not much more as in practice runs it took more than one minute per person. The one minute limit is based on the fact that there are 20,000 machines and 9,000,000 to 11,000,000 people. This gives between 450 to 550 persons per machine, if each person takes one minute, then we are talking about 7.5 hours to 9.1 hours per machine. If it took longer it would essentially be impossible to complete the election in one day of voting and have everyone vote.

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