On Tuesday, May 18, Chilean residents abroad may ask to change their voting domicile remotely with the assistance of the Electoral Service’s International Unit.
The measure is meant to offer Chileans abroad the opportunity to work with Electoral Service (Servel) staff, facilitating access to the voting domicile change procedure for individuals who do not have a unique code and have been unable to travel to consulates to request one due to the pandemic.
Servel's International Unit officials will act as authenticating officers for this procedure on May 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Chile time. According to Article 26 of Law No. 18.556, the Constitutional Organic Law on the Electoral Registrations System and the Electoral Service, “The Electoral Service may provide other mechanisms for requesting a change in voting domicile remotely or using electronic media as long as they ensure the reliability of the voter’s identity and security of their data.”
Voters must schedule an appointment with Servel through the system provided by the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
To schedule an appointment, select “Virtual Government Field Consulate.”
During the virtual appointment, voters must have their camera on so that the Servel official can verify their identity. The voter must download and complete a virtual voting domicile change request form - RE-22 form (Solicitud Telemática de Cambio de Domicilio Electoral), sign it and print it out prior to the appointment. The form must be sent via WhatsApp to the Servel official along with a photograph of both sides of their identity card or passport.
Chilean identity cards that expired in 2020 or will expire in 2021 will remain valid until December 31, 2021.
Chileans living abroad may vote in presidential elections, presidential primaries and referenda. This year, they will be able to participate in the Presidential Primary Elections on July 18, in the Presidential Elections on November 21 and in the possible Second Round of Presidential Elections on December 19.