RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – October in Brazil means over 5,566 municipalities will be voting to determine mayors, deputy mayors and city councilors – and things are heating up. The first big difference foreign readers should know is that in Brazil voting is compulsory, although the penalty is a small fine and run-around.
As in most democracies, the voting for the local political representatives has an effect on national level policy-making and power-plays. However, another major difference with . . .