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Election changes should reduce fragmentation. And benefit the ‘Big Center’

The 2022 election for Congress will feature new rules, which will make it more difficult for tiny parties to get representation in the House

The 2022 election for Congress will feature new rules, which will make it more difficult for tiny parties to get representation in the House.
House Speaker Arthur Lira takes the stand. Photo: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress

The filling of seats for Brazil’s House follows a one-of-a-kind system (for which we gave an overview back in 2018). This year, the rules will get a bit more complicated — and the changes could radically alter the landscape of the Brazilian Congress.

To understand how the new rules apply, it is necessary to first get the nuts and bolts of the current system. Here’s what you need to know:

After ditching spoiled votes and adding up all the votes for a party, authorities calculate the so-called electoral thresholds by dividing the number of valid votes by the number...

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