## I Can Vote!

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2012 14:48:45 -0300

I just registered to vote here in Santiago, Chile.  That's pretty awesome - I
don't think a Chilean in my position could do the same in the UK.  If anyone
else is interested in doing the same, it's pretty easy - you need to follow
the instructions here
http://www.extranjeria.gov.cl/filesapp/solicitud_certificado_avecindamiento.pdf
which basically means:

- Go to the international police (who have moved recently - they are now in
Morande) and request a certificate saying that you have been resident in
Chile for the last 5 years (excluding holidays - I think you can leave for
up to 6 months, but don't quote me on that).  This costs some small amount
(all the rest below is free).

- Send that certificate, and copies of your residency card and carnet, and
the form at the link, to the ministry of the interior.

- Wait 2-3 months (yes, it says 10 days on the form....) and you'll receive
another certificate.

- Take that certificate and your carnet to the local vote registration
office (for Providencia it's in Manuel Montt).

It may also be worth explaining why I registered.  I live in a nice district
of Santiago - it's fairly central and contains many of the older embassies.
The mayor belongs to the ultra-right UDI party (this follows logically from
the social class of the area - that's how Santiago is); during the
dictatorship he was a member of the secret police.

Last November Labbe, the mayor, helped organise, in the Providencia sports
club, a "homage" to the life of Miguel Krassnoff - a brigadier in the secret
police, who was tried and jailed for abuses of human rights.

Krassnoff tortured the parents of a friend of ours.

Fuck that.

Andrew