Explaining Brazil #24: How do elections work in Brazil?

We explain how Brazilian elections are organized.

On October 7, around 147 million Brazilians are expected to head to their polling station, show their I.D., and then get into a booth to choose our leaders for the next four years.

We will elect a new president, 27 new governors, 513 congressmen, and over 1,000 state lawmakers. But how exactly will that process happen? That’s a recurring question for subscribers of The Brazilian Report.

And that is the theme of this week’s Explaining Brazil podcast.

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How do elections work in Brazil?

First of all, we can’t say that Brazilians will cast their ballots. At least, that’s not technically what we do. In 2000, Brazil became the first country in the world to have a completely electronic voting system.

On this podcast

Gustavo Ribeiro has extensive experience covering Brazilian politics. His work has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets, including Veja, Época, Folha de São Paulo, Médiapart and Radio France Internationale. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Abril Prize for outstanding political journalism. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science and Latin American studies from Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris.

Diogo Rodriguez is a journalist and social scientist. He has contributed to publications such as Folha de S. Paulo, Estado de S. Paulo, Trip, Vida Simples, Galileu, Mundo Estranho, Exame, and Vice, among others. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in political science at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo.

This podcast was produced by Maria Martha Bruno. She is a journalist with 14 years of experience in politics, arts, and breaking news. She has collaborated with Al Jazeera, NBC, and CNN, among others, and worked as an international correspondent in Buenos Aires.

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