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The Curmudgeon on Election Uncertainties

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In the first round of voting October 3rd, Brazilians elected 513 federal deputies and 54 senators—or did they? Right now, nobody knows for sure who was elected and who was not. The reasons for this uncertainty are basically two: illiteracy and the Ficha Limpa or “Clean Sheet” law.

Illiteracy would not be important if it concerned only Tiririca, the top vote-getter in the nation with over 1.3 million votes. Evidence arose that he cannot read and write, which disqualifies him from serving as a federal Deputy. If it turns . . .

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