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In Brazil, candidates allowed to ask for likes and money – but not votes

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Brazil’s campaign calendar is very strict. Parties must register their candidates by  August 15, with the “actual” campaign only starting the following day. Right now, the country is in the pre-campaign stage – there is one small but significant difference between these two phases.

In the pre-campaign, candidates are not allowed to ask for votes. Doing so – or even presenting themselves as candidates – could result in fines and, in extreme cases, exclusion from the ballot. Brazil’s electoral legislation only mentions “explicit demands for votes,” so candidates can travel the country, make speeches,...

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