Just before electoral courts break for winter recess, officials in Buenos Aires Province have 10 days to tackle 3000 cases of people demanding to be removed from party rosters they did not sign up for or consent to being on.
An easy way to check if you are listed under any political party is through Argentina’s Judicial Power’s website. This site can tell give you a report on if there is a membership to any political entities filed under your name and DNI. However, it does not inform which party you are specifically affiliated with, as a measure to “protect private information.”
Surprisingly, most of the oblivious political affiliates were connected with the country’s security forces. By law, members of the armed forces cannot be affiliated with any political party. The Minister of Security, Patricia Bullrich, said they were shocked to see about 7000 security force members listed on a political party’s voter registry without their consent.
According to Todo Noticias, as many as 8 million Argentine citizens, are affiliated with specific political parties throughout the country. But the legitimacy of these listings is being questioned. Logically, the number of false memberships in a particular party is proportional to the size of the party itself. Meaning that the bigger the party, the more fake members is likely to have.
Once voters discovered their names were attached to parties without their consent, many decided to investigate the matter only to discover they had been victims of identity theft. After getting a hold on the paperwork, many found their signature had been forged onto the documents without their consent.
Allegeable voters who wish to be removed from a political party roster can do so at any National Post Office, through a free telegram addressed to the electoral court. Still, many prefer to go directly to the courts to not only disaffiliate themselves but learn to which party they are listed under and when the falsification occurred.
There are active lawsuits against multiple parties and delegates dedicated to signing people up in order to maintain the party’s existence. In Buenos Aires City, parties need a minimum of 4000 members to remain in the system and receive State funding, which could explain the motives behind this mass wave of identity theft. Nevertheless, according to court employees, no one has ever been sentenced to date for falsifying political affiliation.