The Curmudgeon on Brazilian Municipal Elections

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Elections in Brazil are very different from those elsewhere. As is our occasional wont, we shall count the ways, starting with Seeming Weirdness Number One: registered voters cannot be arrested during the five days before the election and two days after the election.

That’s right, after October 2nd, when this was written, the police could not arrest registered voters until sundown October 9th. The reason for this rule, in place since 1932 . . .

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