Opinion: Brazil’s Electoral “Reform”? Part II

Did we mention that Congress is about to vote itself R$3.6 billion to finance the 2018 campaigns?

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Notwithstanding the committee recommendation for the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies to approve the malodorous “Distritão” for the 2018 elections, there is now talk about jettisoning this project, whose main aim was self-preservation for incumbents, and returning to the original proposal.

The original proposal was that Brazil should adopt a “mixed” electoral system, broadly copying the one successfully used in Germany’s Bundestag (lower house) since the end of WWII. Half of the seats in the Bundestag are determined by plurality votes in 300 small districts. The candidate with the most . . .

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