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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – To the surprise of no one who has observed the actions of the Brazilian Federal Chamber of Deputies over the past year, the much-anticipated and much-needed “electoral reform” has now been scuttled.

The Chamber resoundingly voted against a proposed constitutional amendment (PEC) that would have created, for the 2018 elections, a discredited electoral system called the “distritão” that treats each state as a congressional district, and ensures (as the current system does not) that the candidates with the most votes are seated, no matter which party they belong to . . .

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