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Opinion: Brazil’s Election Numbers – a Guide for Gringos

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This Sunday, Brazilian citizens will vote for one President, 27 state Governors, 54 federal Senators, 513 federal deputies and thousands of state deputies, all of whom will take office on January 1, 2019.

In the presidential and gubernatorial contests, candidates who garner one-half plus one of the valid votes (void and blank votes are not counted) are elected. If no candidate wins a majority, the two with the most votes face off in a runoff round held October 27th.  Then the vote is “first-past-the-post”, meaning that whoever receives . . .

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