But courtesy of activists of Voluntad Popular this may start to change some. The first item is reported in El Universal today is an interview with Carlos Suaréz who, tired of all the troubles he and others experienced to register, decided to take actions. It took form as a law suit, and unbelievably it worked. Well, half way, as the regime owned justice accepted to at least study the issue, ruling on it eventually.
The issue is quite simple on a legal point of view:
- In Venezuela to register for vote, or change address, you just need to show your valid ID. Your address, new or old, is accepted at face value, in good faith (which incidentally has caused lots of trouble as that leniency has helped balloon the voters rolls opening it to all charges of electoral fraud; but that is another story).
- But try to register outside of Venezuela and the article 124 of the electoral law has consulates demand that you prove your legal residency status overseas, which proof when offered is of a validity decided by whatever bureaucrat mans the consulate where you apply.
- Thus there is an active act of discrimination: Venezuelan citizens at home are treated differently than Venezuelans overseas.
- As such the plaintiffs are demanding that article 124 is stricken down from the law, fast enough so that Venezuelans overseas have time to register for next October.
- The last result, of 2010, give 75% for the opposition and a mere 16% for Chavez.
- In 2006 it was 75% for Rosales and 24% for Chavez
- In 2004 it was 89% against Chavez with 30K votes, the record to date.