BUENOS AIRES – Some 13,000 Chileans living outside their country have registered to vote in July’s presidential primaries, the Andean nation’s foreign minister said on Thursday in the Argentine capital.
“In countries with a tradition of voting from abroad, generally about 10 percent of those who qualify to vote cast ballots,” Heraldo Muñoz said after witnessing an election drill at the Central Migrations Headquarters in Argentina, the country with the largest community of Chilean expatriates.
If that ratio holds, roughly 40,000 Chilean expats can be expected to register, the foreign minister said.
Chile enacted a law last October to join 116 other countries in permitting citizens living abroad to participate in elections.
Chileans living in other countries have until May 3 to register or to submit a temporary change of address to be able to vote in the primaries and in the general elections set for November.
Chile’s electoral commission plans to set up 121 electoral districts around the world, but the final figure will be dictated by the number of voters who register.