Analysis: Why Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies rejected printed ballots, a Bolsonaro initiative

In the end, the vote was perhaps not so much about the issue itself as about making it unmistakably clear to the president that he had better work on his communication skills if he wants to get controversial bills through Congress.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Lower House of Brazil's National Congress rejected on Tuesday, August 10, the proposal to amend the Constitution (PEC) that would have mandated printed ballots in Brazil.

The result was closer than many had expected, with 229 votes in favor, 218 against, and one abstention. Under the 1988 Constitution, to be enacted, a PEC requires the support of 60% of all members of the National Congress: 308 of the 513 deputies in the lower house, in two rounds of voting, and then 49 of the 81 senators.

The rejection represents a defeat for President Jair . . .

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