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Opinion by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A month of Sundays after the first round of Rio’s mayoralty election, the mendacious mud-slinging machines have been mothballed, so voters can return to their favorite pastime—watching novelas — without the bother of political interruptions. But first, of course, Cariocas should vote this Sunday.

Notwithstanding the legal provision that voting is obligatory for all Brazilians age 18 to 70, the Curmudgeon expects that the turnout in Rio this Sunday will reach historically low Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?