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Brazil’s electronic voting system passes security check amid unfounded fraud claims

Jair Bolsonaro has engaged in an assault on Brazil's fully electronic voting system, claiming ballot boxes are susceptible to fraud, despite presenting no evidence. Recent security tests reinforced the system's reliability

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Cybersecurity experts try to hack into the Brazilian voting system during a security trial organized by electoral courts. Photo: Abdias Pinheiro/SECOM/TSE

Earlier this year, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro spent months waging war on the fully-electronic voting system Brazil has relied on for over 25 years, as well as the electoral authorities themselves.

In July, he went so far as to claim that he would only allow the 2022 presidential elections to go ahead if Brazil modified its voting system to include printed receipts, which he claimed would reduce the “chance of fraud to zero.”

However, as pundits and electoral officials have tirelessly stressed, throughout the 13 general and municipal elections held since the electronic system’s introduction in 1996 there have...

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