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Brazil’s electoral authorities try (and fail) to win over the military

Bolsonaro has enlisted the help of military allies to discredit Brazil's renowned electronic electoral system. Despite indulging some of their wishes, authorities have been unable to convince the Armed Forces

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Voting machines undergo a safety check in São José dos Campos. Photo: Lucas Lacaz Ruiz/Folhapress

At the beginning of this week, Supreme Court Justice Luís Roberto Barroso said Brazil’s Armed Forces are being “instructed” to attack the credibility of the country’s electronic voting system, and that there is a concerted effort to bring the military into “petty politics,” which he called a “tragedy” for democracy. The justice’s words — which sparked an outraged response from the Defense Ministry — voice frustrations that have been brewing for months.

Since 1996, Brazil has used a completely electronic voting system. And over the dozen elections conducted therein, it has faced no credible allegations of fraud, being tested...

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