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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – As more than 144 million Brazilians get ready to go to the polls on Sunday, October 2nd, for municipal elections, federal, state and local authorities scramble to guarantee the safety of both voters and candidates during election day. Since August, when election campaigns officially started, more than twenty mayoral candidates have been assassinated in the country.

The survey conducted by website Congresso em Foco, (Focus on Congress) shows that the state of Rio de Janeiro leads the list of places where candidates were shot at, threatened and killed.

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